Food Labelling Standards and Rules in Australia

Food Labelling Standards and Rules in Australia

Consumers need to know what is in the food that they eat, particularly packaged items.

There are strict requirements for what should be printed on food labels in Australia, and what standards food must meet before it is certified as organic, for example.

However, the labels themselves can be printed in almost any way, as long as they are clear and accurate.


Food Labelling Regulations Explained

Food labels should contain:

  • A lot identifier, so the manufacturer can trace it

  • The name and address of the maker

  • The date the product was made, and an expiry date

  • The ingredients

  • Nutrition information

  • Allergy or other warnings

  • The country of origin

The rules for country of origin marking can be complex if the food sources ingredients are from more than one country.

If you are not sure what country you should mark your food as being from, then you should contact the Environmental Health Office for advice.

They will be able to explain to you what percentage of ingredients, or type of ingredients, must come from Australia so that you can use the new "Product of Australia" labelling.


National Food Standards

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand rules are set by a governing authority of the same name in the Australian Government.

The code that they have laid out is enforced by both state and territory agencies and covers food that is both made in Australia and imported into the country.

It is important to understand that while the rules describe what should be printed onto products, they do not put restrictions on how labels are printed, as long as the labels are clear and fit for purpose.

There are restrictions on the claims that companies can make relating to the country of origin, organic status, or being health foods.

It is forbidden for companies to make false claims about the standard, quality, grade, style, value or composition of the foods that they sell.

When it comes to printing food labels, however, the rules are less strict.

Allergen information must be bold, and allergens must be listed in both the ingredients list and separately so that they can be easily identified by consumers, for example.

The labels must be clear and easy to understand.


Labelling Your Products

Consumers want to know that the food they are buying is safe, in code, and meets certain nutrition requirements.

It is particularly important that those with allergens and food intolerances can spot these at a glance.

Onpack can produce suitable labels for small and large companies and provide a customised product that fits within your company ideals and budget.

If you manufacture food products and are looking to have labels mass-produced, then please do not hesitate to contact us at Onpack.

We are a team of printers and industry specialists who produce labels and packaging solutions for not just food, but a wide variety of other products as well.

We have many years of experience with label printing, and can produce food-safe labels that are vibrant and easy to read, and that will work on food products of various shapes and sizes.

We can print in full colour, in matt or gloss, with metallic highlights or simply in black & white. The options are endless!

Whether you are looking for a small batch of stickers or a much bigger run, we can help you bring your products to life and ensure they're fit for purpose and for your consumers.


Onpack is an Australian owned company offering a personalised digital printing service which caters to each individual brief and label requirement. Call us today on 03 8388 8100 for all your digital label requirements.