I can’t wait for the new country of origin labeling to come in.
I recall about 2 years ago going into a supermarket and looking for dried dates (to make some date balls). I was surprised that the private label packet had an Australian flag on the front saying it was ‘Made in Australia’, When turning the packet over the packaging said ‘Made in Australia from Local and Imported Ingredients’. I thought strange…Australia doesn’t have a dried date industry and what local ingredients were added to the dried dates to make it made in Australia. None as the ingredient listed dates as the only ingredient. I suspect the only Australian ingredient was the air used to fill the plastic bag if the dates was in fact were packaged in Australia.
I now find it quite offensive for the Australian flag to be draped over the front of packaging indicating something is Australian when it is in act not.
Aldi is notorious for this but have also noticed recently that Coles and Woollies have done the same with some of their ‘Made in Australia (from imported)’ products. This highly deceptive marketing which dupes the inspecting shopper into thinking it contains Australian products…and should be taken up by the ACCC.
If say a supermarket in Asia, Africa, Europe or Americas started marketing all their products as Australian made or placing Australian flag on all their products to get leverage off our renown high quality agricultural and manufacturing foods, there would be legal action to stop such occurring…but in our own country we seem to accept this deception.