Consumer advocacy group Choice has revealed that some of Australia’s most-loved foods aren’t actually made at home, despite labels claiming they are. Products sold at Woolworths, Coles and Aldi are reportedly the main offenders.
Choice has released a list of 32 products which appear to be Australian, but in fact involve foreign ingredients or labour. The list includes quintessentially Aussie foods, such as pavlova, meat pies and lamingtons.
A spokesperson for Choice said the Australian-Made logo “tells you next to nothing”. In fact, the Aussie label only refers to part of the ingredients, packaging or labour required. It doesn’t always mean you’ve got an entirely Australian product on hand.
Here are some of our best-loved Aussie foods, that aren’t everything they seem:
– Arnotts Tim Tams claim to be “made in Australia”, but include cocoa from Africa, oil from Malaysia and sugar from Thailand.
– Coles Anzac Biscuits are “made in Australia”, but include imported ingredients
– Coles Chocolate Surrender biscuits are “made in Australia”, but only certain ingredients are sourced locally
– Aldi Cake Stall Lamingtons are “made in Australia”, but only the sugar and flour is sourced locally
– Woolworths Homebrand Meat Pies claim to be “made in Australia”, but only contain a percentage of Australian ingredients
– Woolworths Pavlova Bases claim to be “made in Australia”, but a percentage of their ingredients are sourced overseas
– The full list is available HERE.