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Standard 1.1A.4 Food Standards as made
This Standard incorporates the labelling requirements for pollen products and royal jelly from Standard K2 of the former Australia Food Standards Code, and operates as a transitional alternative to the labelling requirements for those products in clause 3 of Standard 1.2.3 of this Code. This Standard also incorporates the requirements of the mandatory food standard in New Zealand relating to royal jelly and pollen products which will be rescinded upon issue of this Standard in New Zealand. This Standard ceases to have effect two years from the commencement of alternative requirements contained in the Table to clause 3 of Standard 1.2.3.
Administered by: Health
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 s 54(1)
Registered 19 Dec 2008
Gazetted 28 Jun 2002
Date of repeal 05 Oct 2006
Repealed by Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Amendment No. 88 – 2006

Standard 1.1A.4

 

Transitional Standard for the Labelling of Pollen and Royal Jelly

 

 

Purpose

 

This Standard incorporates the labelling requirements for pollen products and royal jelly from Standard K2 of the former Australian Food Standards Code, and operates as a transitional alternative to the labelling requirements for those products in clause 3 of Standard 1.2.3 of this Code.  This Standard also incorporates the requirements of the mandatory food standard in New Zealand relating to royal jelly and pollen products which will be rescinded upon issue of this Standard in New Zealand.

 

This Standard ceases to have effect two years from the commencement of alternative requirements contained in the Table to clause 3 of Standard 1.2.3.  In Australia and New Zealand this means that during that two-year period, bee pollen and royal jelly must comply with the labelling requirements in this Standard (albeit different in the two countries) or those contained in clause 3 of Standard 1.2.3.  ‘Stock-in-trade’ provisions contained in Standard 1.1.1 should also be referred to.

 

Table of Provisions

 

1            Application

2            Labelling of pollen products

3            Labelling of royal jelly

4            Labelling of royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis in New Zealand

 

Clauses

 

1            Application

 

(1)          For the matters regulated in this Standard, food produced in or imported into Australia must comply with clause 3 and clause 4 of this Standard or Standard 1.2.3, but not a combination of both.

 

(2)          For the matters regulated in this Standard, food produced in or imported into New Zealand must comply with clause 5 of this Standard or Standard 1.2.3, but not a combination of both.

 

(3)          This Standard ceases to have effect two years from the commencement of those parts of Standard 1.2.3 regulating royal jelly.

 

2            Labelling of pollen products in Australia

 

The label on or attached to a package containing a pollen product must include, immediately following the name of the product, and in 3 mm type the following statement –

 

‘THIS PRODUCT MAY CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS’

 

3            Labelling of royal jelly in Australia

 

The label on or attached to a package containing royal jelly, or a food containing royal jelly, must include, immediately following the name of the food, and in type of 3 mm, the statement –

 

‘THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ROYAL JELLY WHICH HAS BEEN REPORTED TO CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND IN RARE CASES, FATALITIES, ESPECIALLY IN ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS’

 

4            Labelling of royal jelly, bee pollen and propolis in New Zealand

 

(1)          In relation to royal jelly, the label on or attached to a package of a food containing royal jelly, must include, in a prominent position so that it can be easily seen by the consumer when purchasing the product, in a standard type of not less than 3 mm, the statement -

 

(a)            in the case of a product that is comprised solely of royal jelly -

 

‘WARNING - THIS PRODUCT IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ASTHMA

AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS AS IT CAN CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC

REACTIONS’; or

 

(b)          in the case of a product that contains royal jelly (but is not solely comprised of royal jelly) –

 

‘WARNING - THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ROYAL JELLY AND IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS AS IT CAN CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS’

 

(c)          instead of the statements in paragraphs 5(1)(a) and 5(1)(b), in the case of a product that is comprised solely of royal jelly, or a product that contains royal jelly (but is not solely comprised of royal jelly) -

 

‘WARNING - THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS ROYAL JELLY WHICH HAS BEEN REPORTED TO CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS AND IN RARE CASES, FATALITIES, ESPECIALLY IN ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS’

 

(2)          In relation to bee Pollen, the label on or attached to a package of a food containing bee pollen, must include, in a prominent position so that it can be easily seen by the consumer when purchasing the product, in a standard type of 3 mm, the statement -

 

‘THIS PRODUCT MAY CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS’

 

(3)          In relation to propolis, the label on or attached to a package of a food containing propolis, must include, in a prominent position so that it can be easily seen by the consumer when purchasing the product, in a standard type of 3 mm, the statement -

 

‘PROPOLIS MAY CAUSE SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTIONS’

 

(4)          If the size of package of any product referred to in this clause is so small as to prevent the use of letters in 3 mm type, a reduced type height may be used, but no letter may have a letter height of less than 1.5 mm

 

Editorial note:

 

New Zealand Ministry of Health has advised that the requirements for warning statements on dietary supplements containing royal jelly, bee pollen, and propolis are included in the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985.