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29 November 2018

Country-of-origin labelling

71% of Kiwis want labelling to be mandatory.

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Steve B.
08 Jun 2020
Should companies activley hide the country of origin of their goods???

To and from a safety gear company on request for product goods origin:-


Simply, I try not to buy anything made in china.

I had bought some earmuffs from the warehouse made in Malaysia (which is fine for me) and as I need more thought that these were the ones that I bought.

If its a maybe - I simple assume they are chinese.


On 8/06/2020 11:27 am, Marketing wrote:
> Good morning Steve,
> Thank you for your inquiry, however we usually don’t give out this information
> Could you please let me know why you require this?
(No I didnt get an answer. Its all a bit of a joke eh mandatory labelling information is more important now than any time in NZ#s history).

Previous member
08 Dec 2018
Why does this matter?

Maybe I'm just slow, but can someone please explain why this matters? What is the actual negative consequence of the current state? Seems like a lot of effort to provide "the facts they need to make informed choices". I'm happy to support food suppliers everywhere, as long as they provide a safe product.

Or is this just about stirring up FUD? Watch out for those foreigners!

Consumer staff
10 Dec 2018
Re: Why does this matter?

Hi Kerry,

Consumers want country-of-origin labelling for a variety of reasons – whether it’s to reduce the food miles on the produce they eat or to support local companies.

At present, consumers bear the economic costs of unclear or missing information about where their food comes from. These costs result from the increased time spent trying to find information about a product’s origin, as well as from the lost utility this information would have provided.

Making origin information available therefore helps reduce search costs and ensures consumers can make purchases that better match their preferences.


Jess - Consumer NZ staff

Marg and Gordon
04 Aug 2018
I'm not convinced

I am not convinced that CoOL matters. Quality matters; price matters. But a high-quality piece of food can come from NZ, or the other side of the moon.

Isn't this just another middle-class pre-occupation, without a basis in fact and science?

Hayden M
03 May 2017
Making a submission

Talk about a laborious process to make a submission. I completely support the bill but struggle to support the process.

Lyn F.
29 Apr 2017
Not difficult surely

Looking for berries today. Ingredients listed as raspberries. Origin: produced from local and or imported ingredients. It is either imported or it isn't. Will be contacting the company. Packaging emphasizing NZ