How to label food and drink
A checklist to help food businesses understand the basic food and drink labelling rules and exceptions.
On this page:
- Before you begin
- Food, drink and ingredients with extra rules
- More on food labelling
Your label must be:
- in English
- easy to read.
It must include:
- food name and description
- lot (batch) identifying code
- weight or volume – must be in writing at least 2mm tall
- use by or best before date (date mark)
- use and storage instructions
- Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)
- ingredient list
- percentages (%) of any characterising ingredients
- allergens declared, warning and advisory statements
- name and street address (not PO Box) of manufacturer, importer or supplier in New Zealand or Australia.
- Country of origin
- Health Star Rating
- Nutrition content or health claims, including 'gluten-free claims
- Advertising, including environmental claims, such as 'organic' and 'sustainable'
- Eggs sold in their shells
- Hemp seed
- Honey and bee products
- Infant formula
- Meat and meat products
- Oil, including palm oil
- Genetically modified (GM or GMO) food
- Irradiated food
- Supplemented (fortified) food
Follow the rules for the country you're exporting to.
This checklist covers basic rules for labelling most food and drink sold in New Zealand. Read the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) code to understand the rules for your product and its ingredients.
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