Understanding food labels for food allergy

food labelIt is important to check the food label when buying food every time you purchase the product.  Even if it has been a ‘safe’ food in the past, manufacturers can change ingredients and processes at any time without notice.

Allergen information on food labels

The Food Standards Code requires the following common food allergens to be declared on packaged food labels:

When a food does not have to have a label (such as food made and packaged on the premises from which it is sold), then the Food Standards Code requires the seller to provide information about the above food allergens to customers on request.

These allergens must be declared if they are included as:

The Food Standards Code also requires that sulphites in concentrations of 10mg/kg or more must also be declared on food labels of packaged foods.

Further information about the Food Standards Code is available from the FSANZ website:


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Example of how food allergens should be declared on a food label

example food label

Food Labels

These short practical videos are part of a series developed to help you to choose, store and prepare foods if you or a family member or friend has a food allergy.

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How to find allergens on food labels

Precautionary allergen labelling statements

Unlabelled foods

Content updated 12 July 2017