Date Marking and Other Labelling Requirements for Imported Food

THE Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has issued a notice regarding commonly identified labelling noncompliances for imported food. 

The most commonly detected labelling noncompliances are

  • absent, incomplete or incorrect nutritional information details
  • absent or incomplete importer details
  • absent or incomplete ingredients list
  • country of origin labelling noncompliance

Importers are responsible for ensuring the labelling on the food products they import are compliant with the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). Importers are encouraged to verify the compliance of their food products prior to booking an inspection of their food products.

Importers are responsible for ensuring the labelling on the food products they import are compliant with the requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). Importers are encouraged to verify the compliance of their food products prior to booking an inspection of their food products.

What Importers Need to Do

  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure that labels on the food products they import are compliant with the requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code
  • Contact all suppliers or put systems in place
    • to ensure that the labelling on their food products comply with the Code prior to importing food products
    • ensure that labelling is compliant prior to inspection 

The Imported Food Control Act 1992 places responsibilities on importers to ensure the food they import complies with Australian food standards as listed within the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Seabridge import specialists and customs brokers are experienced in all import requirements and can help determine labelling responsibilities. Please contact your Seabridge representative today on 1800 727 195 with any concerns or to further discuss your importing needs.  

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