Australia has a distinct format that is required for the Nutrition Information Panel for food product sold in Australia.
The format and requirements are different to other countries.
This page provides some general advice on how to develop a Nutrition Panel in the FSANZ format.
Use this information as a guide a to learn about Nutrition panels, so you can prepare a Nutrition Information panel with accurate and correct information in a compliant Australian format.
Alternatively contact Correct Food Systems to develop a Nutrition Panel for your product.
All packaged food has to have a Nutrition Information Panel except:
- Food sold at fund-raising events
- Alcoholic beverages, water, vinegar
- Herbs, spices, salt, herbal infusions, tea, coffee
- Food Additives (e.g. flavourings, colours)
- Fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry or fish where they are one category of ingredient
- Small Packages
Format of the Australian Nutrition Panel
All packaged food must have a nutrition panel in the Australian format covering:
- Energy (kilojoules or kilojoules and calories)
- Protein (grams)
- Fat, saturated fat (grams)
- Carbohydrate, sugars (grams), and
- Sodium (milligrams or mmoles)
- Any other nutrient declared or identified on the label or package (appropriate unit).
If a food is prepared using another food (e.g. milk on cereal), then another column can be added for the combined nutrient figure.
There are special rules about making claims for:
- Poly or monounsaturation
- Low joule
- Lactose reduction
- Presence of gluten
- Salt, sodium or potassium level
The FSANZ website [www.foodstandards.gov.au] operates a free web based nutrition panel calculator that can calculate and build your nutrition panels free of charge.
This can be found at :
There is a quick start guide to show you have to start building your recipe/ ingredient lists within the calculator.
An overview of the steps are:
1. Name your recipe/ product
2. Add your ingredients and amount- use the database of foods within the calculator or information you have about your ingredients from the supplier, in the Product Information File ( PIF) or product spec.
Note not all liquids in mls weigh the same. Use the list of specific gravity to work out the weight of common liquid foods.
3. Enter the final product weight or percentage weight change in the calculator
Be aware that some food loses weight when it is cooked/ baked /processed. Other foods may gain weight or liquids during processing.
See Weight change factors
4. Enter the serving size and number of serves in the package.
Calculate and save the Nutrition Panel that was calculated