Back in June 2015, Consumer Affairs Ministers from the Commonwealth, States and Territories requested the preparation of a draft national standard on free range egg labelling.
The objective is to enhance consumer confidence and certainty regarding egg labelling, including to better ensure that consumers are not misled by egg labels. This is important in light of the fact that numerous egg producers across the country have been fined over the past few years for deceiving consumers with poor quality, inhumane cage eggs instead of truly free range ones.
On 9 October 2015 the Federal Government announced the release of a consultation paper and launched the public consultation process, encouraging consumers and producers to have their say on the introduction of a draft national standard.
The Federal Government will carry out an extensive consultation process on behalf of Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ). Both consumers and producers can provide their feedback on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
So now is your chance to speak up and make your voice heard about egg labelling.
Written submissions are open until Monday, 2 November 2015. For more information visit www.treasury.gov.au/consultationsandReviews/consultations