AJAR.id – Hello Ajarian! All packaged food made for human consumption must be labeled. Labels must be truthful and accurate. Food must not contain any ingredient that is not on the label.
What Food Must Be Labelled?
The label of food for catering purposes must bear food identification, mandatory warning, and advisory statements and declaration, date marking, directions for use and storage, country of origin, food produced by gene technology and irradiation of food. This information is not required on the label of food where that information is provided in documentation accompanying that food.
All packaged food for retail sale must be labeled except:
- Food not in a package
- Food in an inner package not designed for sale without an outer package that shows the required information
- Food made and packaged on the premises from where it is sold
- Food packaged in the presence of the purchaser
- Whole or cut fresh fruit and vegetables in packaging that does not obscure the nature or quality of the food
- Country of origin requirements still apply. This general exception does not apply to sprouted seeds and similar products
- Food delivered packaged for immediate consumption at the express order of the purchaser
- Food sold at a fund raising event.
Where these general exceptions apply to genetically modified foods, irradiated food, fermented comminute manufactured, and processed meats, kava, royal jelly or foods containing offal then written information defined in the Code must be shown on the label or displayed with the food.
What must appear in the label?
1. The name of the food
Packaged food must be labeled with a name or description that will not mislead consumers. For some foods, the Code defines the name of food as a prescribed name and that name must appear on the label. Foods with prescribed names include:
- Various fermented comminute meat products
- Formulated meal replacements
- Formulated supplementary food
- Formulated supplementary food for young children
- Formulated supplementary sports food
- Infant and Follow-on formulas
Other foods that do not have a defined prescribed name must show a name or description that indicates the true nature of the food. [
2. Lot and Premises identification
Generally, food labels must contain information identifying the premises where the food was packed or prepared and the lot (batch). The lot usually refers to food prepared or packed within a period not exceeding 24 hours.
No specific form of words is defined. These requirements are usually satisfied if the product is properly date marked and shows the business address of the manufacturer or packer. Where this is not sufficient identification then additional information that is part of a system devised by the manufacturer or packer must be used.
3. The name and address
A full business address is required, including the street number, street name, town or suburb and state.
4. Ingredients in the food
list of all ingredients needs to appear.
5. Date markings
Date of production and/or a Use by Date.
6. Legibility Requirements
All writing must be legible and also a minimum font size requirement.
7. Storage requirements
If the product is going to be transported and stored in other areas then these requirements need to be listed on the packaging
8. Allergy Warnings
Any allergy causing ingredients must be identified to alert potential consumers to these potential hazards. Any products that are produced on the premises where they are sold then they do not need to be labeled.
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