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Standard 2.6.3 Food Standards as amended, taking into account amendments up to Food Standards (Proposal P1013 – Code Maintenance IX) Variation
Administered by: Health
Registered 01 Aug 2011
Start Date 11 Jul 2011
End Date 01 Mar 2016
Date of repeal 01 Mar 2016
Repealed by Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - Standard 5.1.1 - Revocation and Transitional Provisions - 2014 revision

Standard 2.6.3







This Standard contains restrictions on the parts of the Piper methysticum (kava) plant which may be sold under food legislation, and provides requirements for labelling.  The Standard also prohibits the use of kava as an ingredient in food.


In Australia, this Standard should be considered in conjunction with the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956and certain State and Territory restrictions on the supply of kava which seek to minimise the detrimental effects associated with kava abuse. Where kava is permitted for supply, the requirements in this Standard complement those restrictions.


Table of Provisions


1             Interpretation

2             Prohibition

3             Labelling


1             Interpretation


In this Standard –


cold water extraction means the aqueous suspension of kava using cold water only and excludes the use of any organic solvent.


2             Prohibition


(1)           Piper methysticum (kava) or any derived substance must not be sold unless it is –


(a)          a beverage obtained by cold water extraction; or

(b)          the dried or raw form


of the peeled root or peeled rootstock of plants of the species Piper methysticum.


(2)           Kava must not be used as an ingredient in foods.


3             Labelling


(1)           There shall be written in the label on or attached to a package containing kava, the following statements –


(a)          ‘Use in moderation’; and

(b)          ‘May cause drowsiness’.


(2)           Where kava is other than in a package –


(a)          the name and business address in Australia or New Zealand of the supplier of the food; and

(b)          the statements under subclause 3(1);


must be displayed on or in connection with the display of the food.