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Food Standards - Labelling
If you are packaging food for customer self-selection or selling to another business who on-sells the item you will need to be aware of and comply with the requirements for labelling. The following is from the Food Standards Australia/New Zealand (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.
This comprehensive document provides an overview of the NZ Food Labelling and Information Requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the things that make us sick.
Not all bugs are bad – some like the ones used to make yogurt and cheeses are good bugs. Some not only make the food taste nice but they improve our immune system.
Increasing knowledge about the bad bugs however will help you improve your food safety risk management.
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).
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!