limits for contaminants, residues and microorganisms that pose a high public health risk
permission of certain food that require pre-market clearance such as irradiated foods.
There are also compositional Standards for certain categories of foods. For example, there are requirements for the amount of fat free meat that must be in a sausage. These Standards are found in Chapter 2 of the Code.
Food labelling informs the consumer of the properties of food offered for sale. The labelling requirements for foods sold in Australia are set out in Chapter 1of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
The South Australian Food Act 2001, prohibits the sale of food that is falsely described or is labelled or advertised in a way that is misleading.
Nutrition content and health claims are an example of labelling information that be voluntarily made on labels. If made, these claims must meet the requirements set out in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Nutrition content claims are claims about the content of certain nutrients or substances in a food, such as ‘low in fat’ or ‘good source of calcium’. These claims will need to meet certain criteria set out in the Standard. Health claims refer to a relationship between a food and health rather than a statement of content. There are 2 types of health claims:
General level health claims refer to a nutrient or substance in a food, or the food itself, and the health effect it has or may have on maintaining normal health and wellbeing (e.g. ‘Calcium for healthy bones and teeth’). They must not refer to a serious disease or to a biomarker of a serious disease.
High level health claims refer to a nutrient or substance in a food and its relationship to a serious disease or to a biomarker of a serious disease. (for example ‘Diets high in calcium may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in people 65 years and over’ or ‘Phytosterols may reduce blood cholesterol’).
Food businesses choosing to self-substantiate a food-health relationship must notify FSANZ of the relationship before making a general level health claim based on the food-health relationship on food labels or in advertising. More information on self-substantiating food-health relationships for general level health claims and on the notification process is provided on the FSANZ website.
There are exemptions for some foods not to display some or all of the labelling requirements. Examples include foods that are:
made and packaged on the premises from which it is sold
packaged in the presence of the purchaser or packaged foods displayed in an assisted service cabinet
in an 'inner' package which are not designed to be sold without the outer package
delivered packaged and ready for consumption at the order of the customer
sold at a fundraising event
However, where food is unpackaged information about food composition and any storage and cooling instructions required to keep the food safe must be made available for consumers and customers.
Labelling of kilojoule information in chain food outlets
The South Australian Food Regulations 2017 require multiple-site food businesses (chain food outlets) to display certain nutrition information at the point of sale. The information that needs to be displayed is:
the average energy content of each standardised food item, expressed in kilojoules (kJ)
a statement that 'the average daily intake is 8,700 kJ'
Multiple-site food business that are required to comply with legislation are those which have 20 or more outlets in South Australia, or 50 or more in Australia nationally.
If a business opens their 20th outlet in South Australia they have to comply with the legislation, but they have 12 months to do so. The 12 month compliance also applies if they open their 50th outlet nationally.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, caterers, not-for-profit delivered meal organisations and outlets where food is only sold for the consumption on the premises on which it is sold are exempted from the legislation.
Kilojoule information is also not required for loaves of bread, plain bread rolls or standardised food items that are sold for less than 60 consecutive days on a trial basis at five or less locations in South Australia.
Guide to the labelling of packaged food for retail sale translated
Use of the information and data contained within this site or these pages is at your sole risk.
If you rely on the information on this site you are responsible for ensuring by independent verification its accuracy, currency or completeness.
This site includes links to other websites operated by community, business and government.
These linked websites will have their own terms and conditions of use and you should familiarise yourself with these.
All linked websites are linked 'as is' and the Government of South Australia:
does not sponsor, endorse or necessarily approve of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations regarding the quality, accuracy, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any material on websites linked from or to this Site;
does not make any warranties or representations that material on other websites to which this site is linked does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any person anywhere in the world; and
does not authorise the infringement of any intellectual property rights contained in material in other websites by linking this site to those other websites.
If you use automatic language translation services in connection with this site you do so at your own risk.
The information and data on this site is subject to change without notice. The Government of South Australia may revise this disclaimer at any time by updating this posting.
The Government of South Australia, its agents, instrumentalities, officers and employees:
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy of the information and data contained on this site
make no representations, express or implied, as to the accuracy or usefulness of any translation of the information on this site or any linked website into another language
make no representations as to the availability of the site and the availability of websites linked from or to the site
accept no liability however arising for any loss resulting from the use of the site and any information and data or reliance placed on it (including translated information and data)
make no representations, either expressed or implied, as to the suitability of the said information and data for any particular purpose
accepts no liability for any interference with or damage to a user's computer, software or data occurring in connection with or relating to this Site or its use or any website linked to this site
do not represent or warrant that applications or payments initiated through this site will in fact be received or made to the intended recipient. Users are advised to confirm the application or payment by other means.