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Food Standards as amended, taking into account amendments up to Food Standards (Proposal P1036 – Code Revision – Consequentials & Corrective Amendments) Variation
Administered by: Health
Registered 01 Mar 2016
Start Date 01 Mar 2016

Standard 2.8.1       Sugar and sugar products

Note 1        This instrument is a standard under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). The standards together make up the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. See also section 1.1.1—3.

Note 2        The provisions of the Code that apply in New Zealand are incorporated in, or adopted under, the Food Act 2014 (NZ). See also section 1.1.1—3.

Note 3        The term ‘sugars’ is used, with different meaning, throughout the Code.

2.8.1—1               Name

                            This Standard is Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 2.8.1 – Sugar and sugar products.

                                      Note    Commencement:
This Standard commences on 1 March 2016, being the date specified as the commencement date in notices in the Gazette and the New Zealand Gazette under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). See also section 93 of that Act.

2.8.1—2               Definitions

Note           In this Code (see sections 1.1.2—2 and 1.1.2—3):

                                      icing means a mixture of sugar and other foods for use as a coating and includes frosting, plastic icing and icing gel.

                                      sugar means, unless otherwise expressly stated, any of the following:

                                                  (a)        white sugar;

                                                  (b)        caster sugar;

                                                  (c)        icing sugar;

                                                  (d)        loaf sugar;

                                                  (e)        coffee sugar;

                                                  (f)         raw sugar.

                                      white sugar means purified crystallised sucrose.

2.8.1—3               Requirement for food sold as white sugar

                            A food that is sold as ‘white sugar’ must:

                            (a)      be white sugar; and

                            (b)      have no less than 99.7% sucrose content, calculated on a dry basis.

2.8.1—4               Requirement for food sold as icing

                            A food that is sold as ‘icing’ must be icing.


Amendment History

The Amendment History provides information about each amendment to the Standard. The information includes commencement or cessation information for relevant amendments.


These amendments are made under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 unless otherwise indicated. Amendments do not have a specific date for cessation unless indicated as such.


About this compilation


This is a compilation of Standard 2.8.1 as in force on 1 March 2016 (up to Amendment No. 157). It includes any commenced amendment affecting the compilation to that date.


Prepared by Food Standards Australia New Zealand on 1 March 2016.


Uncommenced amendments or provisions ceasing to have effect


To assist stakeholders, the effect of any uncommenced amendments or provisions which will cease to have effect, may be reflected in the Standard as shaded boxed text with the relevant commencement or cessation date. These amendments will be reflected in a compilation registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments including or omitting those amendments and provided in the Amendment History once the date is passed.



The following abbreviations may be used in the table below:


ad = added or inserted                                          am = amended

exp = expired or ceased to have effect                  rep = repealed

rs = repealed and substituted


Standard 2.8.1 was published in the Food Standards Gazette No. FSC96 on 10 April 2015 as part of Amendment 154 (F2015L00405–- 31 March 2015) and has since been amended as follows:


Section affected

A’ment No.

FRLI registration




How affected

Description of amendment




1 Sept 2015


3 Sept 2015


1 March 2016



Correction of typographical error.