Food labeling can be complex and a mistake can cost your business time and money.
Unintentionally misleading customers through inaccurate food labeling can impact heavily on the reputation of your business.
Having your food labels reviewed prior to a large print run can ensure that they are accurate and compliant.
Functional Food Safety can ensure that your product labels comply with Part 1.2 of the Food Standards Code.
In general terms a food label should include the following information:
- a name for the food sufficient to indicate the true nature of the food
- the identification of a ‘lot’ of the food
- name and street address in Australia or NZ of the supplier of the food (eg. the manufacturer, marketer or importer)
- a list of the ingredients
- a statement of the shelf life of the product, either a ‘use-by’ or a ‘best before’ date (this can be used in lieu of the ‘lot’)
- the nutrition information panel (NIP) with the content of the basic nutrients in the food, per serving and also per 100g of that food
- the country of origin of the product and its ingredients
- warning and advisory statements about substances that may be harmful to people with allergies and food sensitivities, such as nuts.
- Any specific requirements needed to achieve the indicated shelf life must also be on the label.
Is your food business prepared for the the new Country of Origin labelling requirements?
On 1 July 2016, a new country of origin food labelling system will commence under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).
Businesses will have two years to sell current stock and change their labels to comply with the new law before it becomes mandatory on 1 July 2018.
Functional Food Safety can also review your packaging labels and retail displays to ensure that you are complying with country of origin labeling requirements.