MEDIA RELEASE: WOMEN’S VOICES ADD TO THE CALL FOR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELLING

Research shows that the need for country of origin labelling of single ingredient foods is stronger than ever says the New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women (BPW NZ).

“The survey results released today by Horticulture NZ and Consumer NZ prove that New Zealand consumers want to know where their food comes from,” says President Vicky Mee.

“BPW NZ is a founding member of CoOLNZ, the coalition formed to campaign for country of origin labelling of single ingredient foods.

“Proof that the majority of New Zealanders want food labelling to include country of origin information, gives BPW NZ hope that the Government will see sense and ensure food is labelled in such a way to inform consumers.

“BPW NZ is looking forward to cross-party support for the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill so that the requirement to label food is enacted.

“In 2008 both the Labour and National parties voted against a 39,000 signature petition calling for mandatory country of origin labelling of fresh and single component food.

“Given that we are in an election year, maybe this further evidence for county of origin labelling will prompt Parliament to listen to the people,” says Ms Mee.

For further information or to schedule an interview please contact:

President, Vicky Mee 021 1168 948 or email president@bpwnz.org.nz

ENDS

 

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