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Labels and the law

In Australia, food manufacturers must ensure that food labels conform to the national Food Standards Code. Other laws also apply.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develops the Food Standards Code and state authorities, like the NSW Food Authority, enforce it locally.

Everything said about a food on the label is also subject to Australian Consumer Law, which prohibits false, misleading or deceptive representations (see Truth in Labelling).

For detailed and technical advice on food labelling, contact a professional food safety or labelling consultant. See Professional advice.

Our role - labels

The NSW Food Authority is responsible for enforcing the labelling provisions of Food Standards Code and the Food Act 2003 (NSW).

Labelling laws

Labelling requirements for food are set by the Food Standards Code. Other laws also apply.

Country of origin

The country or countries where a food was grown, manufactured or packaged must appear on the label.

Food allergen rules

Food businesses are responsible for managing the presence of allergens in food.

Date marks and storage

Date marks indicate a food's shelf life and must meet the Food Standards Code.

Health and nutrition claims

Claims about health & nutrition on a food label must not be false or misleading.

Health Star Ratings

HSR is a national voluntary Front of Pack labelling system for packaged foods.