Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) requires anyone selling irradiated produce to clearly label it at point of sale. The regulation applies to any irradiated tomatoes and products containing them, both raw and cooked.
TomatoesNZ is aware of some instances over the past few days where the labelling has not occurred as it should, and has reported these to the Ministry for Primary Industries.
Tomatoes New Zealand Chair Barry O’Neil says consumers want to know what they’re eating and the labels allow consumers to make an informed choice.
A consumer survey in 2015 found that many New Zealanders support the labelling of irradiated produce, with 85% of survey participants asking for irradiated fruit and vegetables, and food made with irradiated produce, to be clearly identified.
“If you are unsure of the source of your produce, you should ask the supplier,” said Mr O’Neil.