You get 12 months access to the videos and the tools that go with the video course to help with your labelling needs. You also get updates relating to the legislation as it occurs throughout the 12 months. You will also get access to blogs and other information provided by Food Labelling Experts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long do I get access to the online course for?
What do I get in the online course?
We provide individual modules on the mandatory requirements for labelling in our basic training course. It is ‘basic’ because it creates the building blocks of the legal requirements for your food product labels.
Will there be other courses provided for the voluntary label information such as health claims?
Yes. We are working on other training courses to give you all the information that you need for your products. You might be in a segment where everybody is making claims and we want you to have the necessary information to allow you to meet the market head on.
Where do I find the information that I need for food labelling?
The Food Standards Code covers most requirements for food labelling. The National Measurement Institute manages the legislation for net weight declarations and the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) looks after country of origin labelling as well as misleading and deceptive information. The States and Territories manage the enforcement of the Food Standards Code. There are also some requirements for labelling through the States and Territories as well, for example the labelling of beverage containers where refunds are given for the return of containers to the relevant depots.
Do I need to label the food I import?
Imported food that is sold at retail in Australia needs to comply with the Food Standards Code requirements for labelling. The information must be in English and any information in the non-English language must not contradict the English label. The food standards permit fixing up of the incorrect information.
The legislation is changing. Can’t I just run out my old labels before changing over to the new requirements?
Generally, the changes to the Food Standards Code come with a date where food that is produced after that time must comply with the new changes. This means that you need to manage the changeover of your labels from the old labels to the ones incorporating the new requirements. Food manufactured from the date of implementation for the new legislation must carry the new labels. Major labelling changes usually mean a 2-year implementation period. For example, the changes to country of origin requirements were included in legislation on 1 July 2016. From 1 July 2018 food manufactured after this date must comply with the new labelling requirements.
Can I make my label background any colour I like?
There is a requirement that information required on food labels must be prominent and a distinct contrast to the background colour so that legibility is achieved. This means that the print size must be sufficient for legibility as well. If you have black type on a dark coloured background, then the information may not be easily read by consumers. The food labels carry information that consumers need to know, especially if they have concerns about the ingredients of the nutritional content of the products. Labels should be easy to read for consumers.
What nutrition information do I need to put on my food product?
There is the standard format for most foods. You need to label for energy, protein, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars and sodium. The levels need to be specified as per serve and per unit quantity. If you make nutrient claims or health claims, then you need to add in other nutrition information depending on the claim made.
What allergens need to be included on the label?
The foods that need to be labelled for foods or products of the foods – cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats, triticale and hybridised strains), crustacea, egg, fish, milk, peanuts, soybeans, sesame seeds, tree nuts, lupin and added sulphites at concentrations of 10mg/kg or more. These are the allergens that are more problematic for people in Australia, so it is these that need to be labelled where the food products are, or contain, these ingredients.