Tastebuddies Oats & Gluten-Free Labelling

Oats & Gluten-Free Labelling

There has recently been so much controversy and discussion regarding oats and gluten-free labelling. In early 2021, while exhibiting at Naturally Good Expo, I was surprised to see some companies claiming that their oat products were ‘Gluten-Free’.  In Australia and New Zealand, the current Food Standards Code states that all oat products must declare gluten allergen.

So let’s talk about this and break down the science and Australian & NZ gluten-free food labelling laws (Oats & Gluten-Free Labelling).⠀

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Tastebuddies Statement of Ingredients VS Summary Statement

Updated PEAL Allergen Statements

After several years of consultation, the Food Standards Code released the Updated PEAL Allergen Statements with new requirements for labelling allergens on February 25, 2021. One of the major changes implemented to the new standard is the allergen information in both the Ingredient Statements and also a mandatory Allergen Summary Statement.

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12 Major Food Allergens for Australia & New Zealand

While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies or intolerances, in Australia and New Zealand there are 12 allergens that account for 90% of food allergic reactions.

Whenever these 12 allergens are present in food as ingredients or processing aids, or are from cross-contamination, they must be declared on the food label. Food labels help allergic consumers identify offending foods or ingredients making it easier to avoid them.

The Top 12 Allergens are:
1. Peanut
2. Treenuts
3. Gluten containing cereals
4. Egg
5. Milk
6. Sesame Seed
7. Fish
8. Crustacea
9. Mollusc
10. Soy
11. Lupin
12. Added Sulphites

PEAL Changes 2021

In February 2021, FSANZ made some changes to the list of allergens for Australia and New Zealand as part of the new Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) laws to differentiate some of the allergens.

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FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Labelling Allergen Labelling Proposal P1044

4 Resources You Need For Plain English Allergen Labelling

Food Standards (Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling) Variation is the latest update, from February 2021, to the food regulations for Australia & New Zealand. It will affect all food & drink products that require an allergen statement. Allergen information must to be declared in simple, plain English terms and in a specified format and location.

Businesses have 3 years to comply with the new requirements (February 2024) and have until February 2026 to sell out any remining old stock.

There are 4 documents that all food businesses, food technologists or quality assurance supervisors need to know and follow to change over their current allergen declarations and to make sure any new products are compliant.  These are the key regulatory resources which contain the specific details regarding Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) and all the information that is required to complete allergen labelling for all food and drink products.

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PEAL Tree Nuts

The 9 Tree Nut Allergens for PEAL

For Australia and New Zealand, there are 9 tree nuts specified in the Plain English Allergen Labelling Standard as allergens and they must be declared according to their individual nut name in both the Ingredient Statement and the allergen Summary Statement.

The 9 tree nuts are almond, Brazil nut, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pine nut, pistachio and walnut.

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FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Labelling Allergen Labelling Proposal P1044

Ten Essential Criteria For PEAL for Australia & NZ

Food Standards (Proposal P1044 – Plain English Allergen Labelling) Variation is the latest update to the food regulations in Australia & New Zealand and will affect all food & drink products that require an allergen statement based on the Ten Essential Criteria For PEAL for Australia & NZ. To help consumers, all allergen information must to be declared in simple, plain English terms and in a specified format and location.

Businesses have 3 years to comply with the new requirements which is the Ten Essential Criteria for Plain English Allergen Labelling (February 2024) and have until February 2026 to sell out any remining old stock.

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Tastebuddies FSANZ Food Standards Australia New Zealand Food Labelling

What is Food Regulation?

In this blog, we ould be able to discuss the in-depth business importance of knowing what is Food Regulation.

Today I spoke to a new client who has been busy developing her product for the last 2 years. A food consultant has assisted her, she has a contract packer ready to make her food product and is now ready to sit down with her designer to create the labels.

As she was explaining her call for help, the anguish she has been through, and the product development roller coaster she had been riding, she became teary and sounded downright exhausted. The overwhelm of the process had taken its toll.

And one of the things that she said stuck in my mind. She told me that only last week she discovered that Food Standards Code existed.

She felt like such a fool to spend 2 years developing a product and not know about the food regulations and food laws to comply to.

I realized that there must be many more food entrepreneurs and food startups in the same situation.

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FSANZ Tastebuddies Country of Origin

Country of Origin

You may have already started to see the new Country of Origin Food Labelling (I’m going to call this CoOL from now on…) little logos on many items in the supermarket. However, Inside FMCG has reported that many businesses may face are fines as their labels are unlikely to meet the deadline. They reported, “It’s […]

Tastebuddies Added Sugar

No Added Sugar Claims

Sugar has many names, many disguises.  It is important to be able to read and understand the ingredients of your products when making a sugar claim. No Added Sugar Claims? Sugar can be hiding in a raw material that you weren’t even aware of.

No Added Sugar has become a popular claim on food products to satisfy the needs of consumers who have quit sugar, on a low carb or Ketogenic diet.

When can I claim No Added Sugar?

FSANZ outlines you can only claim No Added Sugar when the food contains:

  • no added sugars*, honey, malt, or malt extracts

or the

  • food contains no added concentrated fruit juice or deionized fruit juice.

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A Warm Tastebuddies Welcome

A Warm Tastebuddies Welcome to our updated website and blog.

I’m a passionate food technologist, nutritionist and creator of new food products.

My happy place is my kitchen.

My pre-kids working life was brainstorming ideas with marketing teams, creating new food concepts, upscaling kitchen bench ideas and working odd hours in food factories trialling 200kg batches of our new products. I’ve been covered in mayonnaise from burst pipes, washed and spun dry thousands of salad leaves, made the longest, multi-flavoured-multi-coloured killer python ever and created flavour libraries from sweet juicy mango to rich, dark chocolate flavours.

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