Are you making an informed choice?
Do you know what terms like "free range", "bred free range", or "grain fed" really mean?
Or are you, like most of us, pretty confused and uncertain about the seemingly arbitrary use of these terms on food labels? Well, here's your chance to clear up the mess.
An independent review into food labelling law and policy has just begun. An initial round of public consultations is open until 20 November and you can have your say.
RSPCA Australia believes:
- The public should have full and accurate information about the production method used for the animal products they buy.
- Labelling of food products should be clear and unambiguous.
- We need legally defined and nationally consistent definitions of the terms that describe a particular method of production (e.g. free range).
So that when you buy food with a label that implies good animal welfare (e.g. free range), you can be assured that certain minimum standards have been met. And, with increased consumer confidence and demand in such products, more and more producers will provide higher standards of welfare for the animals in their care.
The review panel is asking for short submissions and enquiries to be made via email to FoodLabellingReview@health.gov.au or via post to:
Food Labelling Review Secretariat
Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
The terms of reference can be found here.
This is your chance to make a difference to the welfare of farm animals!