Review this useful guide here170314-interactive-labelling-poster_fsanz.pdf
FSANZ has a useful summary sheet on the elements of a food label in Australia.
Review this useful guide here170314-interactive-labelling-poster_fsanz.pdf
How do food businesses determine the correct shelf life information for their products?
The responsibility of determining the shelf life of a food, and thus its best-before or use-by date, lies with the manufacturer or distributor.
Correct Food Systems can advise business on how to estimate and then test the safe shelf life of a Characteristics of the product,including the quality, form and consistency of ingredients, the moisture content, acidity levels, addition of preservatives all influence the safety of a food product, as does external factors like storage, transport and packaging of the food.
The most direct way of doing this is to conduct properly constructed storage trials on a sample of food under realistic, controlled conditions.
Correct Food Systems is not a food laboratory testing facility.
There are food testing laboratories in each state and territory that can conduct microbiological tests for
NSW Food Authority has a useful publication to assist businesses to ascertain the shelf life and required date marking information for a product.
See our webpage "Shelflife testing"
NSW is proceeding to plan for the introduction of the NSW Container Deposit scheme - scheduled to commence 1 July 2017. All NSW beverage containers between 150ml and 3 litres in volume will be eligible for a refund with some exceptions (see Scheme exceptions). These exceptions are similar to the exceptions in the South Australian and Northern Territory container deposit schemes.
Manufacturers, importers, retailers need to be aware that each applicable beverage container that enters NSW will attract a 18 cent charge, payable to the NSW scheme coordinator ( yet to be announced), in order to run the scheme. Each beverage label also will need to be registered with the NSW EPA- (Fee and lodgement processes yet to be determined).
Consumers will return applicable beverages to bottle banks ( deposit payable yet to be determined)
Tenders have been announced but no national logo or confirmed details have been finalised for labelling of beverage containers.
Importers, wholesalers and manufacturers of containers for beverages are advised to regularly review the NSW EPA website. www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.
Correct Food Systems will continue to keep you updated on this scheme, and the planned adoption in WA and QLD for 2018.
On 28 November 2016, a minor amendment was made to the Information Standard so that sections 22 and 23 (dealing with imported food packed in Australia) and section 26 (dealing with imported food with Australian ingredients).
The amendment primarily relates to a very narrow range of foods that were made in a single overseas country and subsequently packed in Australia.
Section 22 provides for the use of a standard mark on the labels of food packaged in Australia where some of the food in the package has not been grown, produced or made in Australia. The standard mark can state that the food is packed or packaged in Australia and include text and a bar chart indicating the proportion of Australian ingredients, but it cannot include the kangaroo logo because it contains food that was not grown, produced or made in Australia.
The ‘Packed in Australia from at least x% Australian ingredients’ would be retained for foods from multiple countries with some Australian content that are packed in Australia – for example, nuts from Australia and other countries that are mixed together and packed in Australia. Section 23(1) of the Standard has also been amended to prevent food grown, produced or made in a single overseas country from using a label to indicate variance of ingredient origin over time.
From Country of Origin Food Labelling Factsheet Country of Origin Food Labelling Update – minor amendment to the Information Standard 2016
NSW Food Authority has launched a interactive Hub for food labeling information.
This hub provides detailed information on the various aspects and requirements for compliant food labelling.
Review information on Labels and the Law, Understanding Claims, How to read a Label, Ingrredients and Nutrition, Directions for Use, Country of Origin and more.
The new online tool to assist you to determine and down load the correct Country Of Origin labelling mark for your food product has been released.
It is available for use on www.business.gov.au/foodlabels.
This online tool will assist you in choosing an appropriate label for the food product you are planning to sell in Australia. The tool will help you determine if you need a label, and if you need a standard mark that features graphics as well as text, it will then find, customise and download an appropriate label for your food product so your food products are compliant with the new Country Of Origin food labelling requirements that commence on 1 July 2016.
Correct Food Systems is one of Australia's leading food labelling consultancy businesses.
We assist many clients- both start up businesses and existing clients with comprehensive label checks for products.
Clients are advised to send us the following information for each product they want us to complete a label check on:
(or pro rata time) for our professional review and comprehensive report on your product label. The time varies according to the information supplied, complexity of the product, compound ingredients, and claims made about your product.
The Australian Government is changes to Country of Origin labelling from 1 July 2016.
However, there is a two-year transition period so that businesses have time to adjust to the new obligations which will be mandatory in July 2018.
Further Information here on the new CoOL labelling and also the Health Star scheme
Correct Food Systems assists businesses to meet their food labelling requirements.
We conduct comprehensive label reviews for clients, identifying any small details that may mean the label for a product does not meet the Food Standards Code labelling requirement, the ACCC requirements or trades weights and measures state requirements.
We also get enquiries regarding compiling information for a correct Nutrition Panel in the correct Australian format.
Here is some information regarding the requirements for Nutrition Panels that may assist.
How to calculate the information for the Nutrition Panel:
FSANZ has a Nutrition Information Calculator to assist you in the development of information for your Nutrition Panel.This can be found at :
Note some major retailers do not recognise these calculations for their branded products and will require laboratory testing for nutrition information.
All packaged food has to have a nutrition panel except:
-Food sold at fund-raising events
-Alcoholic beverages, water, vinegar
-Herbs, spices, salt, herbal infusions, tea, coffee
-Food Additives (e.g. flavourings, colours)
-Fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry or fish where they are one ingredient
Food for food service and unpackaged food: These have different requirements for nutrition information. Information must be written and displayed near or on the food, or made available verbally on request by the customer.
All packaged food has to have a nutrition panel on it covering:
-Energy (kilojoules or kilojoules and calories)
-Fat, saturated fat (grams)
-Carbohydrates, sugars (grams), and
-Any other nutrient declared (appropriate unit).If another nutrient is declared on the label, it must also appear in the nutrition information panel. Where a nutrient claim in made about the packaged food that is otherwise exempt from a nutrition panel, then it must be included in the nutrition panel be on the package (e.g. fish high in Omega-3).
Note: This must be expressed both per serving size and per 100g / 100ml
The new standard for Nutrition and Health claims on your product 1.2.7 is now fully enforceable. Recent action by the ACCC has demonstrated that the detail of your Health and Nutrition information and claim on your food labels will be examined and compliance to the standard enforced.
Truth in advertising is a current priority enforcement area for the ACCC, with large fines being awarded against companies for false or misleading representation of health or nutrition information.
Arnott's Biscuits has paid $51,000 in penalties for using a "false comparator" to claim on the packaging of certain Shapes products that the contents had 75 per cent less saturated fat. This is despite the fact the claim was clarified in fine print at the bottom of the pack.
Correct Food Systems can assist businesses with their product information and labelling.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/arnotts-biscuits-fined-by-accc-for-misleading-fat-content-claim-on-shapes-20151122-gl5bsd.html#ixzz3yPg6f7m4
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