New Zealand: Plain English allergen labelling good news for consumers

New Zealand
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 23, 2024

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New Zealand Food Safety has implemented new food labelling requirements from 25 February 2024 to help people easily identify common allergens. All packaged and labelled food must declare allergens or provide relevant statements, with allergens listed in bold in the ingredients list and summarised in a 'contains' statement on the label. While foods at cafes or restaurants are not required to be labelled, they must display allergen information with the food or provide it to the customer on request.
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New requirements to make it easier for people to find information about common allergies on food labels come into effect on Sunday. New Zealand Food Safety deputy director-general Vincent Arbuckle says the changes are good news for people with food allergies. "For the up to 8% of New Zealanders who have food allergies the consequences of eating the wrong food can be serious, from swelling, hives and vomiting to anaphylaxis. "People lead busy lives so food labelling needs to be as simple, clear and easy to find as possible to be effective. "Food Standards Australia New Zealand, with input from New Zealand Food Safety, got valuable feedback from people affected by food allergies to help make sure the changes were effective and practical," says Mr. Arbuckle. All food packaged and labelled after Sunday 25 February 2024 must declare allergens or provide statements about the contents where appropriate. The requirements will vary depending on how the food is packaged, labelled and sold ...
Source: Mpi
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