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While shopping today I grabbed my favourite garlic paste and stopped to read the label. I was very disappointed to see that it was made with imported ingredients. I may be mistaken, but I thought this product was made with Australian garlic. The same brand offers Australian grown ginger and the products are made in Australia, so I cannot understand why imported garlic has to be used.

I have emailed the company and await their response. Meanwhile I have switched brands. It seems we need to check labels all the time, even of products we buy all the time. Very time consuming and also difficult as the print is usually the smallest on the packaging.


Posted by mel1, 29th April 2014


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  • We try to buy Australian made products and produce but sometimes when in hurry I don’t have time to check labels

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  • annoying

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  • Label reading is so time consuming and then sometimes even misleading.

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  • :( thats why i grow most of my stuff :)

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  • fresh garlic from here on!

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  • it can be so hard to get Australian grown

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  • I also buy fresh garlic and do prefer it. But for getting dinner on quickly, garlic paste and frozen Australian chopped onion really are time savers.

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  • i find this happens quite a lot

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  • Yeah, the label very small, need to read carefully. I prefer to buy fresh garlic.

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  • i really need to start checking lables, I have always tried to support local, but to be honest, have never really checked to make sure, only go by the front if they have that kangaroo

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  • If only more things were local!

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  • It is getting harder and harder to find locally made products. I think everything needs to have Australian made on a big label on the front and only if the ingredients are grown and made in Australia. If they cannot pass both then they don’t qualify for the label. It would make it so easy.


    • Absolutely agree with Tilly. Its is so time consuming to do shopping when you try to check labels and then have to try interpret what is actually made in Australia from Australian produce anyway. I realise so items need to be imported and I’m fine with that. I just want to know from where so I can make informed decisions about what my family is eating.

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  • it is sad to think that alot of what we thought was Australian made no longer is. Almost every thing you look at has been out sourced

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  • i never check labels but will start from now on. especially when our farmers are suffering as it is with drought

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  • Yup very sneaky. I guess is just all about profit for the big companies these days!

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