A quick guide to labelling and composition requirements for food sold in New Zealand.
If you sell food in New Zealand, you need to meet labelling and composition requirements under the Food Act 2014 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.
There are some foods that don't require labels, but you need to provide certain information on request.
User guides offer practical help
You can find help in user guides prepared by MPI and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). They explain, in detail, how to apply the labelling and composition requirements.
Requirements for supplemented food are described under the NZ Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2016. Dietary supplements have different regulations.
- New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2016 [PDF, 149 KB]
Requirements specific to your food sector
You may also need to check the pages for your food sector for other labelling requirements.
Requirements specific to labelling and composition are contained in this section. Make sure you also refer to your food sector as well as other general sections to find all the food safety requirements you need to comply with.
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