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In November 2018, New Zealand’s Parliament passed the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Act aimed at providing consumers with accurate country of origin information for certain single-ingredient, minimally processed foods.  On December 9, 2019, the Government of New Zealand notified the implementing regulation to this Act to the World Trade Organization (WTO) under the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2019.  At this time there is no confirmed date for adoption but the expected date is June 1, 2020

Under this regulation, imported and domestically produced fresh or frozen fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, and cured pork, at retail outlets including online, will be subject to mandatory country of origin (COOL) labelling requirements.  Food sold for immediate consumption at businesses such as restaurants, cafeterias, takeaway shops, canteens and caterers or at fundraising events will not be subject to these requirements.

Below is copy of WTO notification G/TBT/N/NZL/93 for review and comment.  Please provide all comments to the Market Access Secretariat at aafc.mas-sam.aac@canada.ca by Friday, January 24, 2020. 

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