» Labelling
Applying Labelling and
Composition Requirements

Food product information on product labels assists consumers with purchase decisions, can help them make informed assessment on health benefits, and in some situations like allergic reactions can be essential to prevent adverse or life threatening reactions. Food labelling and information requirements are set out in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC). Most food for sale in New Zealand must be comprehensively labelled. Where food products are not required to be fully labelled, some product information is still required.

We provide you with technical support on interpretation and application of the general food labelling requirements in the FSC. We can assist with your product compliance to product-specific and compositional requirements that affect food labelling and quantity marking such as net weight, volume or number of contents that is required on most packaged foods. We work closely with you developing and implementing labelling compliance programme that enables you to boost your stakeholder and consumer confidence.
What must be on a food label
Name and description of food - The name of the food must accurately describe the food and must not be misleading. Some foods have prescribed names and these must be used on the label.

Lot identification - The label on a package of food normally requires lot identification.

Percentage labelling for characterising ingredients or components - If the food contains any characterising ingredients or components, the label need to include certain information about these on the label. Characterising ingredients are the ingredients that are mentioned in the name of the food, associated with the name of a food, emphasised on the label of a food in the form of words, pictures or graphics.

Nutrition information - Most packaged foods require a Nutrition Information Panel (NIP). The NIP shows the quantities of key nutrients per serving and per 100g or 100ml.

Date marking: Packaged foods with a shelf life of less than two years must have either Use By dates or Best Before dates.

Use and storage instructions - If food requires special use or storage conditions for reasons of health or safety, these need to be on the label.

Name and address: The supplier's name and business (street) address in New Zealand or Australia.

Country of origin - Country of origin labelling is voluntary in New Zealand. If you do choose to include the country of origin on the label it must be accurate.

Mandatory warning statements, advisory statements and declarations for certain ingredients/substances: Some products must have special advisory and warning statements about the food or ingredients/substances in a food This information must be available even where a complete label is not required.
Our technical support on labelling and composition requirements

With our solid experience, we can help guide you through the maze of labelling and compliance requirements. We can assist as follows:
Obtain your nutrition profile by database calculation or external laboratory analysis

Create a compliant Nutrition Facts table/panel for your packaged product

Provide custom spreadsheets with nutrition profiles for your menu items (including allergen reviews and potential nutrient content claims

Develop content for your food labels (ingredient lists, Nutrition Facts table/panel, allergen statements, common names etc.)

Conduct full label review to ensure compliance with Food Standards Code

Assist with labelling compliance for the products you wish to import to NZ

On-going support on labelling compliance with Food Standards Code

The work that we have completed allows us to position ourselves as experts in the business.
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