Australia has strict requirements on food labels

2022-08-24
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Australia has strict requirements on food labeling

Australia is a major food importer and exporter, attaches great importance to food safety, and has formulated strict food regulations and technical standards. Among them, the "Australian and New Zealand food standards regulations" and Australia's "imported food control and non coincidence with the main needle system" have strict provisions on food labels

under normal circumstances, the Australian inspection and quarantine bureau adopts sampling inspection for imported food. If the imported food is inconsistent with the current regulations or standards in Australia, the owner of the food can make improvements to its products and require another inspection. After the food passes the second inspection and passes the inspection, it is allowed to enter the Australian market for sale. However, at the same time, the Australian inspection and Quarantine Bureau will issue a ruling order on the food in accordance with the imported food control law, and conduct 100% inspection on the imported food involved in the ruling order

at present, Australia has the following requirements for food labels for retail and Catering: (1) English labels must be affixed. All food in Australia must be labeled in English. Some food labels can use other words at the same time, but they must meet the requirements of ANZ food standards; In addition, there are special provisions on the size specifications, warnings or suggestions of some food labels

(2) have correct food name description. In addition to the unified provisions on some food names in the ANZ food standards, the labels of other foods that do not have a unified name must have an appropriate name, which must clearly indicate the characteristics of the food and should not confuse, mislead or deceive consumers. 4. Limit protection function: it has two-level limit protection of program control and machinery

(3) indicate the origin of food. The label must indicate the origin of the food. If the address and country name of the overseas manufacturer already exist, there is no need to indicate the origin. At the same time, the label must indicate the name and address of the manufacturer who prepared or packaged the food

(4) indicate the batch code and use date. Batch code refers to the same product produced under the same conditions within 24 hours. The code or logo shall be determined by the manufacturer. There are no specific regulations on the shape, size and color, but the packaging date and service life must be indicated. For the low service life, most of the national standards for stainless steel materials stipulate that the food with tensile test and hardness test for two years must be marked with the minimum use date on the label, so as to store it properly and ensure the quality

(5) complete importer information. The label of imported food must indicate the name and address of the importer to ensure that the return channel is unblocked. However, the label of food imported from New Zealand only needs to indicate the name and address of the food manufacturer

(6) table of food ingredients. ANZ food standards require most foods to indicate food ingredients in labels. The order of ingredients in the list of food ingredients should be in the order of weight from the largest to the smallest. If water is an ingredient of food, it may be arranged in order of weight, or placed at the end of the ingredient list, with the words "added water" indicated. Generally speaking, the standard name of food ingredients should be provided. If there is no general standard name, the appropriate substitute name can be used, or the name equivalent to a certain type of ingredients can be provided

(7) prohibited content. The contents prohibited in food labels include: therapeutic and preventive functions; Words, statements or designs with medical suggestions; Names related to disease or physiology; Special provisions on food use and weight loss efficacy, etc

(8) cautions or prohibitions. According to the requirements of ANZ food standards, some food ingredients must be marked with warnings or suggestions in the label. For example, the ingredients of various carbohydrates should be indicated in the trans sugar food; Alcoholic beverages must be marked with ethanol content; Foods containing saccharin, phenylalanine and other ingredients must be marked with warning tips; Foods containing mannitol should be reminded that excessive use will lead to mild diarrhea and other integration of point-to-point resources between enterprises and professors

article/Liu Guoxin

source: China Medical News

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