Certain foods have ingredients that can cause allergic and adverse reactions in some consumers. The Australia New Zealand Food Standard Code (the code) requires that allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, crustacea, soy, lupin, wheat and sulphites in excess of 10 parts per million be declared on all food labels if they are present in the foods.
On 25 February 2021, the code was amended to introduce new requirements for labelling of allergens in food. The allergen information must be:
In a specific format and location on food labels, and
using simple, plain English terms in bold font
How do these changes affect my business?
If you are processing meat and seafood which contains allergens, then you will need to meet the new requirements of the Code. All food businesses have 3 years from 25 February 2021 to implement the new requirements. During this transition period, food businesses can comply with either the existing allergen declaration requirements in the Code, or the new requirements. For further information on the changes to allergen labelling, Please click on link FSANZ Food Standards Code.