[20 October/The Country]

Horticulture New Zealand was excited that mandatory Country of Origin labelling for fruit and vegetables was a step closer. The second reading of the Consumers’ Right to Know Bill passed Parliament. Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive, Mike Chapman, said their research showed over 70 percent of New Zealanders wanted mandatory labelling on fruit and vegetables. He was pleased to see the Government continue to listen to consumers in relation to the bill. He added the bill had been a long time in the making, and underwent significant changes since its first reading. He noted consumers wanted to be able to make choices based on their beliefs and values.