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 values stated in nutrition panels have to be significant to 3 decimal places.
- Food meant to be consumed reconstituted or drained must have their panel reflect the food as eaten. Eg noodles. If a food is prepared using another food (e.g. milk on cereal), then another column can be added for the combined nutrient figure.