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 "product of Australia" labelling, for example.


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.

While smaller companies may simply use jars with paper labels, we recommend our high quality, gloss labels that will not fade or mark easily during handling.

They are easier to read and more reliable and are perfect for selling larger quantities of products.

If you make 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 who produce packing labels and other labels for foods as well as other products.

We have many years of experience with label printing, and we produce glossy, food-safe labels that are vibrant and easy to read, and that will work on food products of various shapes, using food-safe glues and stain resistant paper.

We can print colour or black and white, and have a selection of backings and coatings to choose from.

Whether you are looking for a small batch of stickers or a much bigger run, we can help you.


Onpack is an Australian owned company and we offer a personalised digital printing service catering to each individual brief and label requirement. Call us today on +61 3 8388 8100 for all your digital label requirements.