New Zealand imports billions of dollars of food every year. Much of it is unlabelled as to its country of origin.
We believe that New Zealanders have a right to know where their food comes from.
Buying local food:
- helps supports local growers and suppliers;
- helps keep New Zealanders in jobs; and
- supports our economy.
Knowing where food comes from enables you to make informed decisions about the food you purchase and how it was produced.
What we'll do
We will introduce mandatory country of origin labelling of fresh and single ingredient food so that consumers can work out where their food comes from and choose locally produced food.
Recent news about Country of Origin Labelling
The Government must follow Australia's example and bring in country of origin labelling for meat products, the Green Party said today. More
I think the reason for this extraordinary situation, where significant farming industries are at war with the ministry and the Government on these issues, is that there is a conflict of interest at the heart of the ministry. More
What we are doing in this bill is creating a system by which consumers in other countries will be able to track back in some detail the history of the foods that are produced for them by New Zealand farmers and growers. I ask when it will be time for New Zealand consumers to have that same right...? More
Sue Kedgley opens the debate on her Animal Welfare (Treatment of Animals) Amendment Bill... More
Food Inc is a powerful and important movie and I wish every New Zealander could see it.
Even though I know quite a lot about food and have written books about it, I found it absorbing and compelling... More
More than 1.5million tonnes of food is imported into New Zealand each year, including pork, lamb, beef, garlic, tomatoes, onions, capsicums, peas, fish and much more. In the absence of any label, consumers can't work out where their food comes from. Come along and here both consumers and farmers discuss why we need country of origin labeling. More
Real Food Please - speech given by Sue Kedgley at the National Farmers Market Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Sunday 23 August 2009 More
Sue Kedgley questions the Minister of Consumer Affairs about Country of Origin Labeling More