Labelling irradiated food

Your label must say if the food or any ingredient has been treated with ionising radiation. If your irradiated food product does not need a label, you must show this information near where customers buy your food.

What is irradiated food?

Irradiated food means any food treated with ionising radiation to kill unwanted pests, bacteria, or fungi. Labels for these foods and foods that contain irradiated ingredients, must say the food or its ingredients have been treated with ionising radiation.

If your food needs no label, you must show the information near where consumers buy the food.

You can choose the wording of these statements. For example:

  • treated with ionising irradiation
  • irradiated (name of food), for example, irradiated tomatoes.

Some packaging also shows the Radura symbol. This symbol is not required by law.

Radura symbol

Mixing irradiated and non-irradiated foods

You should not mix irradiated and non-irradiated self-serve fruit or vegetables and show a sign saying some has been irradiated. Signage must make it clear which food has been irradiated and which has not.

Find out more about labelling irradiated foods

Labelling irradiated foods - Chinese language information (PDF 882 KB)

Standard 1.5.3 Irradiation of food – Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Code

Other rules for labelling food and drink

How to label food and drink

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