Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) transition period comes to an end on 24th February 2024. Businesses have had 3 years from 25 February 2021 to implement the new PEAL requirements.

A 2-year stock-in-trade period (25 February 2024 to 24 February 2026) will commence. Any food packaged and labelled with existing allergen declarations before 24th February 2024 may be sold for up to 2 years after the end of the transition period.

All stock in trade from 25 February 2026 must be fully compliant to the new labelling requirements.

What must be declared​

The food and ingredients listed below will need to be declared in the ingredient list when they are present using the exact name and in bolded text. For example cheese (milk) or milk powder.

The table below details the food and ingredients that must be declared.

Foods and ingredients to be declared (using these names)

A bolded, separate allergen summary statement starting with the word ‘contains’ will also need to be provided near the ingredient list to help quickly identify any allergens present. For example ‘Contains milk‘.

​If the food is not in packaging or does not need to have a label, the information must be displayed with the food.

Further information regarding requirements can be found in the AFGC Food Industry Guide to Allergen Management and Food Labelling for Australia and New Zealand

Eliza Gray
Senior Project Manager
HACCP Australia