FSANZ Website

This link is to the website of Food Standards Australia & New Zealand.

Labelling and nutritional information can be quite complex for some foods and if exporting or importing you will definitely need some expert advice.

 

Labelling

This comprehensive document provides an overview of the NZ Food Labelling and Information Requirements.

 

 

Nutrition

Many people find it difficult to work out the nutritional information that is required on packaged food.

This Calculator is produced by FSANZ and will help smaller businesses work out the information required.

Health Claims

Before you can claim any nutritional or health claims (eg improves eyesight, reduces weight etc) the claim must have been substantiated (scientifically proven).

WIthout such substantiation you may be breaking the law.

 

Allergens

Most food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, sesame seeds, fish, crustacea​, soy, lupin and wheat.

The Food Standards Code requires these foods to be declared on labels whenever they are present as ingredients or as components of food additives or processing aids.

Consumer Info

The NZ Food Safety Authority has a lot of information about food safety for consumers

Food businesses will learn a lot about what their requirements are from reading this material so I am adding the link about food labels.

 

Bad Bug Book

Not for the faint-hearted or nervous.

Certainly not the best bed-time reading!

This is the ‘bible’ about food bugs and is produced free from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Hand Washing

Another US based resource from the Centers for DIsease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Probably if everyone both knew how and actually did wash their hands properly infectious disease would just about disappear.

Need more? – look at my training options.

In the Home

About half of all food-borne illnesses occur in our homes.

Mostly lack of knowledge but also we are all just a bit slack aren’t we!?

You can get this booklet free from MPI but some wee pearls in here – An old message but still very much a good one.

PS Don’t forget to wash your hands!