Why Is Food Labelling Necessary?

Why Is Food Labelling Necessary?

There are many reasons why pre-packaged food products need to be properly labelled.

In addition to being a legal requirement, food labelling provides useful information on the durability, storage and preparation of food.

With this information in mind, consumers are able to judge whether a specific type of food product will cause an allergic reaction or foodborne health condition.

Therefore, please read below to find out why food labelling is necessary regardless of whether your products are supplied to supermarkets or restaurants.


Legal Reasons

All food producers and importers must ensure that they comply with the provisions of the Food Standards Code as far as labelling is concerned.

These legal provisions are used in all the states and territories across Australia to ensure uniformity.

Since the regulations and provisions used in other parts of the world differ, importers bringing food into Australia are also required to comply with these guidelines as well.

Failure to comply with these provisions is a legal offence.

The labels must contain relevant information meant to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the nature and properties of the foods contained therein before they can make a purchase.


Expiry Information

Consuming food that is past its expiry date may result in a poor experience or a health risk in the worst case scenario.

As such, it is important for food producers to properly label their packaged products, displaying the necessary expiry information.

This is especially important considering that it is possible for food to be contaminated with dangerous bacteria after its expiry date has passed without any change to its appearance or smell.


Dietary/Nutritional Information

In recent years, research findings have established a link between a variety of life-threatening health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure, and the food people consume.

This has led to a situation where consumers are more interested in finding out the nutritional information of the food products they intend to consume before they make a purchase.

As such, clearly displaying the nutritional information of pre-packaged food items on the labelling used not only ensures compliance with the necessary legal guidelines but also goes a long way towards helping consumers lead healthier lives.  


Allergen Information

Some foods can lead to potentially life-threatening allergic reactions when consumed by people who suffer from food allergies.

To ensure that such people avoid these foods, it is important for producers to list any allergens present in pre-packaged foods.

If you are not aware of the food labelling guidelines regarding allergens, be sure to find out the relevant information on this topic to avoid any trouble with the law.


Origin And Production Information

Food labelling can be used to display the origin of the product(s) as well as the nature of the production process.

There are many reasons why consumers might want to know where the food they eat comes from and how it is produced.

For starters, consumers might want to know the origin of the food for ethical, cultural, religious or even political reasons.

Furthermore, they might be interested in knowing whether the products have been produced organically, free range, or according to Kosher or Halal guidelines.


Storage And Preparation Information

Food labelling is also used to display important information on the storage and preparation requirements of the food in question.

For example, if unopened or opened food is not stored properly, hazardous bacteria may grow to dangerous levels, leading to contamination.

In the case of new products that consumers are not familiar with, cooking or preparation instructions are also essential.

As you can see from the above, food labelling is necessary for a variety of reasons.

This is where Onpack comes into it.

At Onpack we pride ourselves on being able to offer food packaging labels for the FMCG and Food industries.

We care about the environment, and we care about making the products that our labels are designed to look great too.

Onpack is an Australian owned company and we offer a personalised digital printing service catering to each individual brief and label requirement.

Please call us today on +61 3 8388 8100 for all your digital label requirements.