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Food Labelling In Malaysia

Food labelling is crucial in the food industry. It provides clear and concise information about a food product, such as ingredients, nutrition, and how to handle, prepare and consume, so consumers can make informed decisions when purchasing. It is a direct means of communicating information to the consumer. As a food producer, food labels are legally required for all foodstuffs. Some basic information that can be found on labels include

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  • Name of the food
  • List of ingredients
  • Minimum net weight/volume/number of package content
  • Name and address of manufacturer/importer/country of origin
  • Date marking (expiry date, use by, best before)
  • Declaration of nutrition information
  • Declaration of sugar content
  • Labelling of foods known to cause hypersensitivity
  • Statement on additives
  • Instruction for use
  • Storage instructions
  • Country of origin where it’s manufactured
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Benefits Of Using Food Labels

Food labels provide information to consumers so they can make informed decisions about the products they are interested in. Besides checking out what ingredients are used to make the product, customers can also compare similar products and choose more easily. This allows the buyers to consciously select products based on the nutrient content.

Importation Of Foodstuff

Foodstuffs imported into Malaysia must adhere to certain regulations established by our Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH), such as the Malaysian Food Act 1983. Importers must also ensure strict adherence to the Malaysian Food Regulations 1985 in respect of the type of food to be imported. The Food Safety and Quality Division of MOH has also prepared a matrix which outlines the import requirement for specific food products to assist importers (accessible from MOH website). Importers are also required to register with the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia (FOSIM) before importing food products into the country.

Food act 1983 and Food regulation 1985 flowchart

Source: http://fsq.moh.gov.my/ The flow chart above (Chart 1) prepared by MOH outlines in detail the importation process for foods under the control of the Food Act and the Food Regulations.

Food Labelling Consultation

As a food labelling consultant, we will study and advise on the artwork and requirements for food labels before import. Our team will submit the amended artwork to the Ministry of Health and update our customers in a timely manner until approval is obtained. Additionally, we will make arrangements for import procedures with port officers and arrange labour to handle on-site labelling works. Finally, we will assist our customers to liaise with officers for on-site physical cargo inspections.