Creating a food label
Food labelling requirements are set out in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
The national food standards body (FSANZ) provides information to help consumers to read a food label and understand the food labelling requirements. They provide information on a range of topics, including:
- use by and best before dates
- food additives including an alphabetical and numerical list of additives
- fish labelling
- GM food labelling
- nutrition, health and related claims
- ingredients list and percentage labelling
- labelling for religious reasons, animal welfare or other consumer value issues
- nutrition information panels
- truth in labelling, weights, measures and legibility
- warning and advisory statements
- sugar labelling
- proposal for pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages
Creating a food label
Label buster was created to help guide businesses on their labelling requirements.
Food labels may also require other components, including:
- Nutrition Panel Calculator – a free tool to develop a nutrition information panel
- Country of origin food labelling
- Australian trade measurement laws
Kilojoule menu labelling provisions
Fast food chains in Queensland who sell standard food items at either 20 outlets in Queensland or 50 outlets nationally are required to display the energy content of each standard food item for sale. This information must be displayed in kilojoules along with the statement ‘the average adult daily energy intake is 8,700kJ’.
Businesses are required to display the information on in-store menus, including menus, including menu boards, printed menus, drive-through menu boards and individual name/price tags. It must also be displayed on online ordering websites, mobile phone applications and printed menus distributed to households.
The requirements do not apply to digital and printed materials not intended to enable ordering, such as supermarket catalogues.
Examples of typical standard food outlets captured include:
- quick service restaurants
- pizza chains
- coffee chains
- bakery chains
- ice-cream chains
- doughnut chains
- beverage chains
- salad chains
- supermarket chains
- café chains offering take away
The user guide is designed to help food businesses implement kilojoule menu labelling requirements.
For further on the kilojoule menu labelling requirements, speak with the public health unit closest to you.