Preferring to buy Australian-grown fruit and vegetables is pretty common, but if you buy from a supermarket you have to rely on the in-store labelling being accurate. Two supermarkets — one Coles, one Woolworths — in NSW have just been busted for inaccurately labelling imported produce as Australian-grown.
Woolworths at Newington got fined $1540 for labelling American lemons as Australian-grown, while Coles at St Marys copped an $880 fine for displaying grapefruit without showing its country of origin. It’s annoying that it ever happened, but a little reassuring that at least fines have been imposed. Ultimately, the surest way to know something is locally grown is to grow it yourself or purchase it straight from a farm, but that’s not practical for everyone.