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Australia to Introduce COOL Labelling

Posted March 10, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Colin Packham – Reuters)

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott backed plans on Thursday to introduce country-of-origin labelling in the wake of a hepatitis A outbreak, potentially risking contravention of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

With 18 confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to consumption of berries sold by Patties Foods Ltd, Abbott said he had asked members of his Cabinet to draft legislation by the end of March to provide greater transparency to consumers. It marked a reversal of his previous position that such legislation would raise the cost of food. Click here to read more.

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