It is important that the information on the food labels you apply to your products meets the requirements of the Food Standards Code.
Functional Food Safety are food labeling experts. We can advise your food business on your food labeling needs or review your current food labeling for compliance.
Foods must be labeled with an accurate name or description. e.g. Chopped vine ripened tomatoes.
Lot identification can come in many forms such as batch numbers or date codes. The best before or use by dates can also be the lot numbers provided they are able to identify the lot.
This can be the manufacturer, marketer or importer of the food. It is not acceptable to use a post office box, website address or a facebook site as a business address.
Ingredients must be listed in descending order by ingoing weight. Additives must also be identified by their additive number. This assists consumers who are sensitive to additives to identify them and avoid consuming them.
All packaged foods with a shelf life of less than 2 years must have a statement of shelf life. The “use by” date indicates the date after which the packaged food must not be consumed for food safety reasons. It is illegal to sell food past its use by date. The “best before” date means that foods may be safe to eat after that date however they may not retain the qualities implied on the food label such as taste, texture, colour or flavour.
Most packaged foods require a nutrition information panel (NIP) however there are a few exceptions where the size of the package makes them impractical or where foods are packed at the point of sale. The information must be presented in a standard format which shows the amount per serve and per 100g or 100ml of the food.
All packaged food in Australia must state
Some foods, food ingredients and components of ingredients may be harmful to some people and can cause severe allergic reactions known as anaphylaxis. The Food Standards Code requires all food businesses in NSW to provide information about the 8 most common allergens on food labels of packaged foods:
Gluten and sulphites must also be declared on food labels of packaged foods.
Where specific storage conditions are required for a food product to keep until its use by or best before date they must be stated on the label. e.g. store below 5 degrees c or keep frozen.
It is an offence to provide false or misleading or deceptive information on a food label. e.g. a label that states 100% Australian must not contain imported products or ingredients.
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