Origin is Important
Moves in the NSW Parliament to introduce compulsory seafood origin labelling support calls by seafood producers across Australian for greater transparency along the supply chain.
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) recognises the efforts of the Professional Fishermen’s Association (PFA) in advancing the discussion of this critical issue and of David Mehan MP for introducing the seafood origin bill into the NSW Parliament last week.
Chief Executive Officer of SIA, Jane Lovell said, “Where you buy seafood shouldn’t be a barrier to knowing where that seafood came from. The Country of Origin initiative of the Federal Government means information about origin is clearly available in supermarkets and other retail outlets, but getting the same information in a restaurant, café or fish and chip shop is patchy at best.”
“Sure, a customer can ask staff where the fish is from, but information is often not timely and vague.”
“That’s why we support initiatives such as the recently tabled Seafood Bill, as a means of promoting Australian seafood on menus in food service businesses across Australia.”
“We welcome the opportunity to work with food service businesses and their representatives to find a cost-effective solution that provides a positive message about Australian seafood. Helping small businesses grow, be they fishers or food services, is good for all Australians,” Ms. Lovell said.
Jane Lovell, CEO
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Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) is a dynamic peak body delivering national representation for Australia’s seafood industry. Covering wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest, SIA is the voice of Australian seafood. Its mission is to promote, protect and develop the industry.