September 20, 2023

Food Labelling for Products and Custom Packaging in Australia Essentials

Food labelling plays a pivotal role in bridging the informational gap between producers and consumers in Australia. It offers a transparent glimpse into the content, origin, and nutritional values of everyday food products, ensuring consumers make informed decisions. This article provides an overview of the labelling requirements for food products, and for custom food packaging, in Australia.

Role of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

FSANZ is the regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining food labelling standards in both Australia and New Zealand. Their guidelines ensure that consumers have access to the necessary information to make informed choices.

Importance for consumers and manufacturers

For consumers, labels provide insights into the food’s quality, safety, and authenticity. For manufacturers, correct labelling is not only a legal obligation but a means to build trust and credibility with consumers.

H2 Australian Food Standards Code: Resource for Food Labels Packaging

Purpose and Development

The code serves as a comprehensive guideline, ensuring food sold in Australia and New Zealand meets high standards of safety, quality, and information.

Key requirements of the Food Standards Code

The code encompasses aspects like food production processes, food additives, and mandatory labelling requirements, ensuring both safety and transparency.

H2 Mandatory Requirements for Food Labelling

Consult Australia’s official food labelling legislation for more detailed information on food labelling requirements, with the information below providing a general overview.

Nutrition Information Panel

This panel showcases the nutritional profile of a product. It offers insights into energy (caloric value), protein, fats, sugars, and sodium content.

Purpose and format

To help consumers understand the nutritional value of a product. It’s typically tabulated, providing information per serving and per 100 grams/ml.

Mandatory nutrients list

Includes energy, protein, total fat, saturated fat, total carbohydrates, sugars, and sodium.

Voluntary inclusions: percentage daily intake

Some labels show how the nutrients fit into an average daily diet, aiding consumers in understanding their daily consumption.

Date Marking

Products bear ‘Best-Before’ or ‘Use-By’ dates, indicating freshness or safety.

Best-Before vs. Use-By dates

‘Best-Before’ signals quality, whereas ‘Use-By’ indicates safety. Consuming post the latter can be harmful.

Implications for sale and consumption

Items past ‘Best-Before’ can be sold but might lose freshness. Those beyond ‘Use-By’ should be discarded.

Country of Origin

Indicates where the product or its major ingredients originate, helping in tracing and authenticity.

Name and Address of Manufacturer or Importer

This allows for traceability and accountability.

Allergen Information

Importance and layout

For those with allergies, this information is life-saving. It’s typically highlighted or mentioned distinctly.

Specified allergenic ingredients

Common allergens include nuts, dairy, wheat, soy, etc.

List of Ingredients

Ingredients and compound ingredients

All ingredients, in descending order of weight. Compound ingredients (ingredients within ingredients) are also listed.

Identification of the ‘Lot’ Number

Helps in product recalls and tracing back to production batches.

Product Name

Clarity and true nature of the product

The name should reflect the true nature of the product, without misleading consumers.


H2 Voluntary Inclusions: Beyond Mandatory Requirements

Nutrition and Health Claims

Criteria and legal considerations

Claims like ‘low fat’ or ‘high fibre’ must meet specific FSANZ criteria.

Sustainable Packaging Information

Australasian Recycling Label program

This initiative guides consumers on disposal practices, ensuring better recycling rates.

Recycling logos and their significance

These logos indicate the recyclability of the package, promoting sustainable choices.


Benefits and recommendation sources

Barcodes streamline the sales process and inventory management. GS1 provides guidance on achieving compliant barcodes.

H2 Food Labelling Special Cases & Exemptions

Foods not requiring a label

Some foods, like those sold directly by farmers, may be exempt from labelling.

Obligation to provide certain information even for exempt foods

Even exempted foods must meet certain safety and quality standards.


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