Tainted Chinese berries may spur reform of Australian food labeling

February 19, 2015 9:08 PM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - An outbreak of hepatitis A in Australia, probably caused by frozen berries packaged in China, is giving added impetus to moves to tighten the country's murky food labeling laws and could fuel a backlash against imported food.

Proposed changes that would more clearly identify the origin of food on supermarket shelves, combined with growing pressure on consumers to buy local produce, may curb the appetite for Chinese imports and could undercut a landmark free trade deal.

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