Labelling of food exports to Australia

The two-year transition period around the correct labelling of food products exported to Australia ends on 1 July.

Any products that have old labels at the end of the transition period can still be sold until the end of their shelf-life, but food labelled after 1 July 2018 must follow the new rules.

The rules are made under Australian Consumer Law and are administered by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and state-level consumer law regulators. These rules used to be found in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

New Zealand doesn’t have the same rules about country of origin labelling, but companies wanting to export food to Australia, have to meet the Australian rules.

MPI brochure

Further information and a helpful online tool: www.business.gov.au/info/run/goods-and-services/selling-goods-and-services/sellinggoods/country-of-origin-food-labelling