Origin of seafood labelling

vote O-FISH-ALLY on the table

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan today hosted a meeting with the Professional Fishers Association, Seafood Industry Australia, and the office of the Minister for Industry and Trade, to continue his support and advocacy for the introduction of mandatory Country-Of-Origin Labelling (COOL).

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan inspects local fish processing plant.

22 November 2023


DAVID MEHAN introduced a private member’s bill on seafood COOL to the NSW Parliament in 2017, but this was voted down by the NSW Liberal National Government at the time.[1]


In October 2022, The Albanese Labor Government subsequently committed $1.6m to introduce COOL.[2] This will make it mandatory for restaurants, cafes and similar businesses to display seafood origin information, to allow consumers to make an informed decision about the seafood they choose to eat.


Member for The Entrance David Mehan said “I am a big supporter of the Australian seafood industry and hope to finally see the introduction of mandatory COOL by the end of the year.


We have waited long enough for this change. Everyone should know the origin of their seafood when they eat at a restaurant, pub or hotel and we should be supporting our local seafood industries where we can.”


The Federal Government will soon meet with state and territory consumer ministers to seek their agreement on this change to the Australian Consumer Law.


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