Seafood country-of-origin labelling on the cards for WA restaurants
An estimated 70 per cent of the seafood Australians consume is imported from overseas, predominantly from Asia. While supermarkets are required to tell customers where seafood comes from, restaurants and eateries currently are not.
Perth Now reports WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly confirmed he is working with relevant agencies and industries to devise a system for seafood country-of-origin labelling to be introduced in the state’s food service sector and restaurants.
WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) supports the possible introduction of country-of-origin labelling, saying if the bill is adopted, “Australian seafood-loving public will be the winners, having greater transparency, choice and certainty about their dining experience”.
The Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) also voiced its support for the introduction of compulsory seafood origin labelling across Australia after a seafood origin bill was introduced into the NSW Parliament earlier this year.
SIA CEO Jane Lovell said where customers 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,” she said.
“Sure, a customer can ask staff where the fish is from, but information is often not timely and vague.”