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.
As Plain English Allergen Labelling now has specified names it means that the terms ‘tree nuts’ or ‘nuts’ are no longer allowed and every named nut must be used. Have a look at the example that I have for you below. The allergen summary statement here declares ‘Contains Tree Nuts’. With the PEAL changes, this must now be labelled as ‘Contains Almond’.
If you’re a food business owner and would like more information on PEAL, I have put together a FREE Quick Start Guide to Plain English to make it easier for you to navigate through these changes. You can download it here.
Checkout also our previous PEAL blog posts.
- Ten Essential Criteria For Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) for Australia & NZ
- 4 Resources You Need For Plain English Allergen Labelling
- 12 Major Food Allergens for Australia & New Zealand
This is general information rather than regulatory advice. We therefore recommend you seek further advice that takes into account your particular ingredients, products, processing, packaging and other circumstances before making commercial decisions for your business.