2013 saw Unmask Palm Oil fight for labelling in New Zealand: a petition of 7500 people was presented to parliament, three political parties joined our cause, 4000 people saw a campaign presentation and we ran five volunteer workshops across the country. This year in 2014 Unmask Palm Oil expands into Australia ahead of the all important ministerial meeting that will decide Australian and New Zealand policy on palm oil labelling.
The decision to expand our campaign into Australia was made on the basis that New Zealand and Australia share food labelling laws. Food regulation in Australia and New Zealand is administered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and governed by the ‘Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation.’ Put more simply the Legislative and Governance Forum is the ‘boss’ and FSANZ is the ‘employee.’View post...
Dear Ms Kaye,
I am writing to you on behalf of Unmask Palm Oil regarding your position on clearer labelling of vegetable oils and to urge you to support recommendation 12 of the Labelling Logic report.
The Unmask Palm Oil campaign exists to support the introduction of clearer labelling of vegetable oils with a particular focus on palm oil.
As you may know, under current labelling laws in Australia and New Zealand, companies can label oils generically as vegetable oil without reference to the specific oils. This makes it impossible for consumers wishing to avoid certain oils, particularly palm oil.
An extension to our labelling laws would give consumers the right to choose and create a level playing field for companies.View post...
Unmask Palm Oil have today presented their petition to parliament calling for clearer labelling of palm oil. The petition received 7400 signatures and was received by Jacinda Ardern, Damien O’Connor, Mojo Mathers, Te Ururoa Flavell and Barbara Stewart.
Ben Dowdle, Unmask Palm Oil Campaign Coordinator says: “A small change to our confusing labelling laws would allow consumers to know which products are using palm oil. There is a widespread feeling that consumers deserve better information to allow them to make better choices, palm oil labelling is part of that.”
“We hope that the Minister of Food Safety, Nikki Kaye, will take note. To have such strong support from the parties and 7400 signatures behind us from around the country shows that labelling is inevitable.”
The proposal for mandatory labelling of all vegetable oils will soon be in front of the Minister as part of a comprehensive review of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). The change requires the support of food safety Ministers from New Zealand and the states of Australia.
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