There are 11 known foods and ingredients that can cause severe allergic and other adverse reactions in some people. The Food Standards Code requires these to be declared on labels when they are present in food. However, there are no requirements on how these declarations must be made. This can lead to confusion and uncertainty for both consumers and food businesses.
We are working on a proposal to make allergen labelling clearer and more consistent, to help people with food allergies make informed choices and support food businesses to get their labelling right.
Feedback from stakeholder consultations and research tells us that consistency is key – information should be presented on food labelling in a consistent way, including format, wording and location.
Where we are up to with Proposal P1044
We issued a second call for public comment on proposed changes to the Food Standards Code on 29 November 2019 – submissions closed on 27 February 2020.
All consultation documents and submissions received are available below.
We are considering the comments received from the second call for submissions and will prepare final changes for approval by the FSANZ Board in December this year. All FSANZ decisions on proposals are notified to the ministers responsible for food regulation, who can ask for a review of the decision or agree that the proposal should become law.
Proposal P1044 reports and supporting documents
Submissions (zip 24,721 kb)
2nd Call for submissions - 29 November 2019 (pdf 926 kb) | (word 250 kb)
Submissions (zip 23,924 kb)
1st Call for submissions - 1 March 2018 (pdf 920 kb) | (word 150 kb)
Previous work on plain English allergen labelling
Ministers asked FSANZ to undertake a review of the regulatory management of food allergens. FSANZ published the findings of this review in 2010. Read the review report.
In 2016, FSANZ completed a review into whether consumers experience difficulties identifying the presence of allergens from the terminology used to declare the allergen on food labels. FSANZ consulted targeted key stakeholders involved in food allergen management as part of the review.
Read the full report of the review (pdf 61kb) | (word 17kb).
Summary of issues raised in submissions (pdf 521kb) | (word 100kb).
Submissions (zip file 16.1MB)
The results of the review have formed the basis for starting work on Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling.
Allergen labelling page
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia
Allergy New Zealand