Imminent Changes to the Supplemented Food Standard
The New Zealand Food (Supplemented Food) Standard 2013, commonly known as the Supplemented Food Standard (SFS), was introduced on 7 November 2013. It will commence on 5 December 2013.
The SFS contains two parts: Part 1, which outlines composition and labelling requirements for supplemented foods; and Part 2, which provides transitional requirements.
On 18 January 2016, Part 2 of the SFS will cease to exist, and from that date all supplemented food must comply with Part 1 of the SFS.
Supplemented foods were previously regulated under the Dietary Supplements Regulations 1985 until a standard for supplemented food was introduced in 2010. The SFS 2013 replaces the earlier version and allows supplemented foods to make health claims, clarifies how the SFS applies to products containing caffeine, and has minor technical changes.
The standard is available here:
A user guide for the SFS aimed at helping manufacturers, importers, retailers, consultants and Food Act Officers interpret the standard is available here:
It is also important to note that the Ministry of Health has banned the use of DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine) – a common ingredient in some weight loss and sports performance products – effective 9 April 2012. This means that products containing DMAA cannot be legally sold in shops or over the internet in New Zealand from that date.
More information about the ban can be found here:
DMAA banned from 9 April 2012 (external website)