TPP: Threats to food labelling

The TPP restricts our ability to place health warning labels on food and alcohol products, or to shift towards a more locally sustainable food production system.

  • Restrictions on future food labelling, including GE food

Labelling on food ensures consumers understand what is in their food, its health impacts, or whether it contains genetically modified ingredients.

The TPP seeks to standardise labelling requirements in the region, which could mean that future governments are restricted  in requiring health warnings on food or alcohol.

  • Investors could challenge new labelling  legislation 

If the TPP contains an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism, Foreign investors may be able to sue Australian governments over legislation which increases standards of food safety through mandatory labelling or moratoriums on genetically modified food.