Streamlining Food Industry Compliance for Australia and New Zealand: The Significance of Food Standards Code

Author: Scotty Lee, Content Marketing Manager, Seagull Scientific


In the dynamic and evolving food industry, compliance with food regulations and standards is nothing new. To ensure the safety and quality of food products, countries worldwide have established comprehensive regulatory frameworks. For Australia and New Zealand, the imminent deadline for PEAL (Plain English Allergen Labeling) of February 25, 2024 adds urgency to ensuring food safety. Among the essential requirements are clear allergen statements and bolded allergen ingredients on food labels. Read more below to learn about the significance of the Food Standards Code and how BarTender labeling solutions play a vital role in streamlining compliance processes while enhancing operational efficiency.

Understanding the Food Standards Code

The Food Standards Code, administered by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), serves as a comprehensive set of standards and regulations governing the production, processing, handling, and sale of food and beverages in Australia. This code addresses various aspects, including food labeling, additives, contaminants, hygiene practices, and nutritional information, with special emphasis on allergen declarations.

Maintaining compliance with the Food Standards Code ensures consumers have access to safe and accurately labeled food products. It provides clear guidelines for businesses, fostering transparency, accountability, and consumer trust in the food industry.


BarTender Labeling Solutions for Food Industry Compliance

Compliance with food labeling regulations, particularly concerning allergen information, becomes crucial to meeting the imminent PEAL deadline. Accurate and informative labels not only ensure consumer safety but also help businesses avoid penalties and maintain their reputation. This is where BarTender labeling solutions shine and where the BarTender Professional Services team can assist with meeting these standards.

BarTender, the leading labeling software, offers a comprehensive suite of tools that streamline label design, printing, and management processes, facilitating compliance with the Food Standards Code.


1. Accurate and Compliant Labeling

BarTender simplifies the creation of labels that adhere to the Food Standards Code, with a special focus on bolded allergen ingredients and clear allergen declarations. Its user-friendly interface and design tools allow businesses to incorporate required information, such as ingredient lists, nutritional panels, and country of origin labels. By automating the label creation process, BarTender minimizes the risk of human error, ensuring all mandatory details are included accurately.


2. Allergen Management

With the looming PEAL deadline, BarTender's allergen management capabilities become invaluable. It facilitates the inclusion of allergen declarations, ensuring businesses can clearly communicate potential allergens present in their products. Dynamic data integration allows easy updates, enabling real-time accuracy and compliance with allergen information.


3. Batch and Lot Tracking

In line with the Food Standards Code, BarTender enables businesses to generate unique identifiers, barcodes, and QR codes for each batch or lot. This streamlines the tracking process, enhancing efficiency and reducing the time required to trace and isolate potentially affected products during a safety concern or recall.


4. Inventory and Supply Chain Management

BarTender extends its functionality beyond labeling to encompass inventory and supply chain management. By integrating with existing enterprise systems, businesses can maintain accurate inventory records, manage stock levels, and optimize supply chain processes. This synchronization ensures that labeling information aligns with the actual product inventory, reducing the risk of non-compliance and product inconsistencies.


Protecting your Brand

BarTender offers an automated labeling solution that can assist companies in minimizing and avoiding expensive mistakes, reducing downtime, and increasing overall operational success. With seamless integration and deployment of labeling software into existing ERP or WMS systems, BarTender enables efficient design, creation, and management of the label design and printing process. 

In the fast-paced and highly regulated food industry, compliance with the Food Standards Code, especially considering the approaching PEAL deadline, is vital for ensuring consumer safety and maintaining a reputable brand. BarTender labeling solutions offer a comprehensive toolkit to help businesses meet these compliance requirements effectively and efficiently.

With the capacity to incorporate bolded allergen statements and clear allergen declarations on labels, BarTender ensures businesses can confidently navigate the complexities of the Food Standards Code. Leveraging BarTender's intuitive design tools, companies can create accurate and compliant labels that provide consumers with vital allergen information at a glance.

Moreover, BarTender's batch and lot tracking features streamline product traceability, facilitating prompt and effective recalls when necessary. Integrating with inventory and supply chain systems optimizes operational efficiency and reduces the risk of non-compliance.

As the February 2024 PEAL deadline approaches, BarTender labeling solutions act as a valuable asset, simplifying compliance processes, enhancing accuracy, and ultimately contributing to a safer and more transparent food supply chain. By implementing BarTender, food businesses can position themselves for success while prioritizing consumer health and well-being. Get in touch with our Professional Services team to see how you can get set up for success to meet the upcoming standards and regulations.

Explore the full suite of BarTender's solutions by contacting us today or download the free trial for BarTender to experience how the world’s most trusted labeling solution can transform your labeling operations. 

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