The Divergence of Country of Origin Labelling Regulations in Australia and New Zealand

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dc.contributor.advisor Tenbensel, T
dc.contributor.advisor Utter, J Wood, Amanda en 2011-12-01T20:44:06Z en 2011 en
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dc.description.abstract Food labels can provide consumers with a range of information, from nutrition and health claims to indications of social and environmental health, such as fair trade practices or ethical animal treatment. Country of origin labels are one type of values-based label that represent broader public health issues such as environmental sustainability or the promotion of local food production. Knowing the country of origin of food allows consumers to make judgments about the production, transport, and health aspects of foods they purchase. Australia has mandatory country of origin labelling (CoOL) on many food products, while New Zealand has a voluntary scheme. Food standards are jointly regulated in Australia and New Zealand, and CoOL is one of few divergences in these trans-Tasman food regulations. From a policy perspective, this difference raises questions regarding which aspects of the policy process influenced these differing CoOL regulations. From a public health perspective, this raises questions of how public health researchers can effectively engage in and inform this policy process. Therefore, to contribute to the understanding of CoOL regulations by both public health and policy researchers, this research aimed to (1) describe the content and impact of past and current CoOL regulations in Australia and New Zealand (2) determine how to best explain the differing regulations and (3) discuss the implications for public health researchers. Interviews were conducted among key stakeholders in this policy issue, and relevant documents were analysed in order to address these objectives. The current findings revealed that an understanding of the policy networks in each country was imperative, but not sufficient for a comprehensive explanation of CoOL regulations. Public health researchers must also understand the role of interests, ideas, and institutions in the policy process. This will allow them to successfully engage in the policy process and to promote a frame of the issue in such a way that influences the decisions of policy makers. en
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dc.title The Divergence of Country of Origin Labelling Regulations in Australia and New Zealand en
dc.type Thesis en Public Health The University of Auckland Masters
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pubs.elements-id 249600 en Medical and Health Sciences en Population Health en Health Systems en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2011-12-02 en

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