Food standards amendments
New Zealand has joint food standards for labelling and composition with Australia. This page has amendments to the joint food standards Notice. You can also download amendments to the now-revoked Food Standards 2002.
Adoption of joint Food Standards
On 26 February 2018, New Zealand adopted the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, and all its amendments, as joint food standards (except for the Australia-specific chapters and standards).
This was done under the Adoption of the Joint Food Standards under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code Notice. This supersedes a 2002 standard which initially adopted the Code.
Joint food standards Notice: amendments
Australian Amendment no. 193 and 194. These amendments are to:
• allow enzymatic production of Rebaudioside E;
• require a prescribed pregnancy warning label on packaged alcoholic beverages.
Australian Amendment No. 191 and 192. These amendments are to:
· allow Endo-inulinase from genetically modified Aspergillus oryzae as a processing aid (Enzyme);
· allow enzymatic production of Steviol Glycosides;
· allow Triacylglycerol lipase from Trichoderma reesi as a processing aid (Enzyme); and
· allow Glucose Oxidase from genetically modified Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (Enzyme).
Australian Amendment No. 188, 189 and 190. These amendments are to:
· allow the use of potassium polyaspartate as food additive in wine;
· allow Pullulanase from genetically modified Bacillus licheniformis as a processing aid (Enzyme);
· reduce the minimum alcohol requirement for Tequila;
· reduce minimum protein in follow-on formula;
· prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food product;
· change the definition of herbs and spices for irradiation; and
· allow Alpha-Glucosidase from genetically modified Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (Enzyme).
Australian Amendment No. 185, 186 and 187. Allows for the addition of steviol glycosides to fruit drinks, an increase of the maximum permitted amount of L-carnitine in formulated supplementary sports food, enzymatic production of Rebaudioside D, production of Rebaudioside MD as a Steviol Glycoside from a genetically modified strain of yeast, and six new enzymes as processing aids.
Australian Amendment No. 183 and 184. Allows for monk fruit extract and rosemary extract to be used as food additives, food derived from a genetically modified line of Safflower, enzymatic production of Rebaudioside M, and potassium polyaspartate to be used as an additive in wine.
Australian Amendment No. 181 and 182. Allows for thermolysin as a processing aid, polysorbate 20 as a food additive, and incorporates Code Revision 2018.
Australian Amendment No. 179 and 180. Allows for food derived from a herbicide-tolerant cotton line, food derived from an insect-protected cotton line, a new method of analysis for resistant starch, re-categorises coconut milk for food additive purposes, and allows two new enzymes as processing aids.
Australian Amendment No. 169. It permits the sale of low-THC hemp seed and hemp seed products as food in New Zealand
Australian Amendment No. 177 and 178. Allows for a genetically modified rice line; genetically modified canola line; and the use of an enzyme as a processing aid. Excludes Amendment No. 169 for hemp seed products which requires change to NZ law before it can be adopted.
Up to Australian amendment No. 176. Effective 26 February 2018. Includes adoption of Food Standards Code, amendments relating to a genetically modified potato and canola, and a new enzyme as a processing aid in bakery products. Excludes Amendment 169 for hemp seed products which requires changes to NZ law before it can be adopted.