Australian food manufacturers remain wary of the cost of labelling reform, but support changes to make the system less complex.
The Federal Government is calling for public comment on new labelling proposals, which were released along with an online survey on Tuesday.
Australians have a month to give their verdict, and the Australian Food and Grocery Council says that feedback is essential to make sure any reforms hit the mark.
“It wouldn’t be a great outcome if in a year, or two years’ time, we’re back in the same debate, arguing over the same issues.,” chief executive Gary Dawson said.
“That’s why we think it is important to do the consumer testing.
“Complexity adds cost, and it’s important to test whether it hits the mark with consumers and whether consumers are going to respond to it.”
But Mr Dawson said the industry did support reform to untangle Australia’s notoriously complicated food labelling system.