Australian food labelling laws are extremely poor at pointing out if a product contains beef

By: Mark Trayling.

I have noticed Australian food labelling laws are extremely poor at pointing out if a product contains beef. 

For example, Allens lollies are largely made of gelatin and to my surprise, gelatin is often derived from beef. Indeed, gelatin is also sold separately at the supermarket for baking desserts etc and this is also often made from beef but not labelled as such. 

Too many gelatin derived products do not label whether it contains beef and I think this is of particular concern to the Hindu community in Australia. Indeed there would be other products as well, similarly mislabelled.

I would like to lobby the Australian federal government to make changes in its labelling laws, to ask that products be labelled that are beef derived, where it is not obvious a product is even derived from meat! Otherwise, I fear Hindus are not getting their just consideration. Australia has done a lot to acknowledge pork derived products because of a strongly organised lobby around Halal labelling. However, this is one area that has been unfortunately been overlooked. 

Please have your say at the http://chng.it/7gHW89hW petition.

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