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Label approval

​FSANZ does not approve labels, or provide advice about compliance with the Food Standards Code. It is up to food companies to ensure they comply with relevant food regulations.

You may wish to engage a food compliance consultant or your own legal counsel to assist with this. You can also try web-based searches using key words such as: "food compliance" "food consultant" or "food law specialists" or the Yellow Pages directory.

FSANZ can provide advice about which standards apply to labelling. In most circumstances foods for retail sale or for catering purposes are required to bear a label setting out all the information prescribed in the Code.

Generally most packaged foods must include the following core information:

  • Prescribed name or a name or a description of the food sufficient to indicate the true nature of the food (Standard 1.2.2 - Food Identification requirements)
  • Lot identification (Standard 1.2.2 - Food Identification requirements)
  • Name and business address (Standard 1.2.2 - Food Identification requirements)
  • Mandatory warning and advisory statements and declarations specified in the Code (1.2.3 - Mandatory Advisory Statements and Declarations)
  • Ingredient listing (Standard 1.2.4 - Labelling of Ingredients)
  • Date marking (Standard 1.2.5 - Date Marking of Packaged Food)
  • Nutrition information panel (Standard 1.2.8 - Nutrition Information Requirements)
  • Legibility requirements (Standard 1.2.1)
  • Percentage labelling (Standard 1.2.10 - Characterising Ingredients and Components of Food)
  • Directions for use or storage (Standard 1.2.6 - Directions for Use and Storage)
  • Country of origin (Australia only) (Standard 1.2.11 - Country of Origin Requirements)
  • Food additives (Standard 1.3.1)

Find the relevant standards here.​​


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