Its too difficult for the manufacturer to change the label, can I still import the food anyway?
AQIS inspects imported food under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme for compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. 100% of medium and high risk foods are referred for inspection. In addition, 5% of all other foods are randomly chosen for inspection. You might slip through but if your food fails inspection because of a non-complying label, you could face the cost of relabelling it or even find the consignment rejected.
Once in Australia, the food may be subject inspection by State, Territory or local government officials and you could be instructed to withdraw or even recall it if there are significant labelling defects, such as non-declaration of an allergen.
At Brooke-Taylor & Co we can help you get the label right before you run into trouble. How can we help you?
I can’t find all the ingredients in the Food Standards Code
Not all permitted food ingredients are named in the Code, especially if pre-market approval is not needed. Also there are often a number of synonyms for food additives and the name used overseas may not be the same as the name we use here in Australia. How can we help you?
What about allergen labelling?
You must identify any of the allergens listed in the Food Standards Code if they or anything processed from them is present because its been intentionally added to a food. You may also want to consider precautionary labelling for allergens present due to cross-contact, because for example they are handled in the same production facility. At Brooke-Taylor & Co we’re experts in Allergen Labelling.
What Vitamins and Minerals can I add to my food?
That depends on what your food is. The ANZ Food Standards Code is very specific about which vitamins and minerals may be added to food and the foods they may be added to. How can we help you?
My new food is really healthy what can I say about it on the label?
The ANZ Food Standards Code does not allow therapeutic or prophylatic claims on food and has very strict rules about when you may and may not make claims on food labels and in advertising relating to health and nutrition. How can we help you?