At Arnott's Australia/New Zealand, we're doing as much as is technically possible to ensure our products do not contain genetically modified organisms:
Our policy is to use non-GE ingredients. We audit existing and new ingredient suppliers on an ongoing basis and we've also added a provision in their contracts stipulating our requirement for non-GE ingredients.
While we and other food manufacturers cannot be completely confident that GE enzymes and processing aids are not used elsewhere in the supply chain, our policy is to use non-GE-derived ingredients, wherever possible. Again, we audit existing and new ingredient suppliers on an ongoing basis and we've also added a provision in their contracts stipulating our requirement for non-GE-derived ingredients.
They're ingredients that enhance the existing taste and/or smell of a food. Flavour enhancers are listed in the ingredients panel along with their number. Please visit the FSANZ (Food Standards Australia & New Zealand) website on www.foodstandards.gov.au for further information.
Some foods don't stay fresh without preservatives. If we add a preservative to one of our products to help it keep fresher for longer, we declare the preservative in the ingredients panel on the pack.
It means the product in question may contain the ingredients listed in this statement, typically as a result of what we call 'cross-contamination'. For example, we might use a piece of baking equipment to make a product that contains peanuts, then use that same piece of equipment to make a product that doesn't contain peanuts. Even though we take great care to clean that piece of equipment between batches, there's a possibility that the second product could be exposed to trace elements of peanuts. So the 'May Contains' statements help people who suffer from all types of food allergies to make safe and informed decisions about our products.
It's derived from soybeans. Lecithin is a very common emulsifier in a wide range of foods. It's also commonly sold in health food stores and supermarkets as a dietary supplement.
'Best Before' is the recommended shelf life of the product; it indicates when the product should be eaten by to ensure it is fresh. 'Use By' means it must be eaten on or by that date for product safety reasons. Please visit the FSANZ (Food Standards Australia & New Zealand) website on www.foodstandards.gov.au for further information.