Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (Australia)

The Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard (2016) sets out mandatory requirements for country of origin labelling on food, including: when a food can claim to be “made in”, “grown in” or “produced in” a country; when a food can bear the green and gold kangaroo logo; how to calculate the proportion of Australian ingredients; whether the percentage of Australian ingredients needs to be specified in the country of origin statement; whether the origin of a specific ingredient can be highlighted; and how it must be formatted. Other provenance claims, such as flags and place of origin claims, are regulated under the Australian Consumer Law and must not be false or misleading.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Joe Lederman