Australia

Under the Australian Food Standards Code, Standard A1, compound ingredient provisions are detailed whereby, in common with the EC, if an ingredient contributes less than 250 g/kg (25%) of a food, food additives are the only components that must be declared. In contrast to EC law, unless specifically required, if an ingredient contributes less than 100 g/kg (10%) of a food, the components of the food need not be declared. However, the Standard does require that the presence of peanuts must always be declared in a food. Standard K2 on honey and related products requires that labels on or attached to pollen products must declare, in standard type of 3 mm, the statement 'THIS PRODUCT MAY CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS'. The same standard requires the following statement on packages containing royal jelly, or to foods containing royal jelly, immediately following the name of the food, in type of 3 mm: 'THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ROYAL JELLY, WHICH HAS BEEN REPORTED TO CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND, IN RARE CASES, FATALITIES, ESPECIALLY IN ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS'.

As part of the review of the Food Standards Code, the Australia New Zealand Standards Authority has proposed to revise current Australian and New Zealand regulations for specific labelling statements such as warning statements and labelling of foods that may cause severe adverse reactions. According to the

Australian proposals, a food or food additive to be included in a list of components that must be declared must be recognised by medical experts as a frequent cause of severe systematic reactions resulting in significant morbidity or mortality. The list of foods and ingredients proposed is very similar to that put forward by the EC.

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