Country of Origin Labelling review closes Friday


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Did you know that close to 70% of seafood eaten in Australia is imported? And, due to the exemption of country of origin labelling laws from the food service sector - places like restaurants, cafes, pubs - most people don't realise their iconic seafood meals aren't made using iconic Australian seafood. But, with a few minutes of your time we can have this exemption lifted. 

The Federal Government is conducting an online review survey which closes this Friday, September 11, and the Australian seafood industry need you to express your support for the current Country of Origin Labelling  (CoOL) laws to be expanded to cover seafood sold in foodservice.

Click here to go directly to the CoOL evaluation survey

If you would like to respond to the online survey there is one important question related to seafood and food service, which is Question 4. To make things easier for you, we've drafted a suggested reply which you can copy and paste into the question: 
  • No, the current scope of mandatory CoOL is inappropriate for the food service industry and it should not be maintained. As a consumer I would like the CoOL legislation expanded to include mandatory CoOL for Australian seafood sold in the food service sector. It's been demonstrated that the current voluntary labelling system does not work. The expansion is wanted by consumers and producers alike, and we strongly urge the government to take action. Food service should have never been exempt from the original labelling requirements and we hope this loophole will finally close. With the majority of Australian seafood sold and consumed in the food service sector this expansion is crucial to safeguard the Australian seafood industry. Consumers want to support Australian seafood producers, but we cannot buy Australian seafood if we can't tell where it's from.
We need as many people as possible to take the online evaluation survey and express their support for origin labelling to be expanded to cover seafood sold in food service. So please, ask your friends, family, staff, next door neighbour to submit their support. To help spread the message we've compiled some social media posts and images for you to share.

SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS - please copy and use, images are below
  • Australia's seafood industry needs our help! Support the expansion of Country of Origin Labelling to seafood sold in food service, and help safeguard the future of industry. Find out more at #MakeFoodServiceCoOL
  • Close to 70% of seafood eaten in Australia is imported, the majority of this is in foodservice. Do you want to know if the seafood you're eating at a cafe or restaurant is Australian? Now's the chance, find out how to #MakeFoodServiceCoOL at
  • More than 86,000 consumers have signed petitions asking for it, and two Senate inquiries have called for it. Now, for a fourth and hopefully last time, we need as many people as possible to support a Country of Origin Labelling expansion to cover seafood sold in food service #MakeFoodServiceCoOL. Find out more at
  • More sample posts are available here.
To find out more information about the CoOL evaluation survery please click here.  While a discussion paper on the labelling is available here. The evaluation is expected to be completed by mid-2021. 

Thank you in advance for your support. 
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Seafood Industry Australia :
PO Box 251 Wallan VIC 3756, Australia Wide
Seafood Industry Australia
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