Introduction to labelling and composition requirements

A quick guide to labelling and composition requirements for food sold in New Zealand.

 

User guides offer practical help

We have user guides to help you prepare your food label.

Use this guide if your food or drink is sold to retail customers:

Use this guide if your food is sold to a caterer or other food service business, where the food is eaten straightaway (for example, from a restaurant, café, canteen, school, hospital, or function catering venue):

Use this guide if your food is supplied to a food manufacturer or processor who processes it further:

Find more documents for help with labelling and composition of food 

Meeting food labelling requirements

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.

Food Act 2014 — NZ Legislation

Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – FSANZ

There are some foods that don't require labels, but you need to provide certain information on request.

Supplemented food

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]

Related information

You may also need to check the pages for your specific food product for other labelling requirements.

Specific product labelling

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