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New requirements for declaring allergens

Australia

Aug 08, 2022

On 25 February 2021 the Food Standards Code was changed to introduce new requirements for allergen labelling as set out in Standard 1.2.3 and Schedule 9.

Food businesses have until 25 February 2024 to transition to the new requirements. During this transition period, food businesses can comply with either the existing or new allergen declaration requirements. If a food is packaged and labelled before 25 February 2024 and it complies with the existing allergen declaration requirements, then the food can be sold for up to two years (i.e. until 25 February 2026).

The Food Standards Code now requires food and ingredients to be declared using certain required names, which are listed in Table 1 below. The change also means individual tree nuts, molluscs and individual cereals must all be declared separately. 

 

Table 1: Foods and ingredients to be declared (using these names)

​wheat

​soy, soya, soybean

​pistachio

​fish

​sesame

​pine nut

​crustacean

​almond

​walnut

​mollusc

​Brazil nut

​barley*

​egg

​cashew

​oats*

​milk

​hazelnut

​rye*

​lupin

​macadamia

​sulphites**

​peanut

​pecan

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*  Barley, oats and rye must be declared if they contain gluten.

** Sulphites must be declared when added in amounts equal to or more than 10 milligrams per kilogram of food. 

 

 

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