For Baby

Reading Wattie’s® baby food labels

Food labels contain lots of information to help make an informed food choice for you and your baby.

At Wattie’s® we take pride in the presentation and accuracy of the information we provide on our infant food labels.

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Food Regulations Age & Texture No Preservatives Food Images

Food regulations

All Wattie's infant foods comply with the Fair Trading Act and the regulatory requirements of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code). Compliance with the Fair Trading Act ensures that consumers get accurate information about the Wattie's infant products and the Code has a specific standard for "Food for Infants - Standard 2.9.2" for food labelling, composition and safety.

Age & Texture

Baby food labels include the consistency (e.g. puréed texture) and minimum age suitability (e.g. 6+ months) to guide on product suitability for babies age stage.
Note - the minimum age permitted on baby foods as per the Code is 4 months.

No preservatives

are required in Wattie’s baby food in pouches, cans or jars, as the final steam cooking of the sealed product packaging keeps the food at its best, without needing preservatives.

Food images

Pictures of some of the ingredients in the recipe.
Note that Wattie's stage 1 & 2 baby foods may include some ingredients such as sweetcorn, spinach or berries, which are not usually introduced in baby food prepared at home, until baby is older.  The commercial cooking, pureeing and line screens (like large sieves) ensure these foods are smooth with no lumps, and are an appropriate texture for babies starting solids.

Ingredients Allergens Nutritional Information Quantity Sugars Sodium Best Before Spoon Feeding Contact Caps Country of Origin

Ingredients

are listed in descending order of quantity. The first ingredient in the list (e.g. vegetables) is present in the largest amount, and those ingredients at the end of the list are present in small amounts, like herbs and spices (e.g. turmeric). Water is sometimes included for cooking and appropriate texture, just like you would at home.

Allergens

The regulated allergens (milk, egg, soybeans, fish, crustacea, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, lupin, wheat, cereals containing gluten and sulphites added at >10mg/kg), are declared within the ingredient list if present as ingredient, component of ingredient, present in food additive or processing aid.
In this example, the white navy beans contain traces of soy, so should be avoided by soy allergic consumers.
Always carefully check food labels each time you purchase as they can be updated without notice.

Nutrition information

for infant foods includes: Energy; Protein; Fat total; Carbohydrate; Sugars and Sodium.
Other nutrients may also be listed if a claim is made about them on pack, such as iron or vitamin C.
Food products suitable from 12 months+ must also include saturated fat.

Quantity

Nutrition information is provided for the average quantity per 100g and per serving.
The average quantity per 100g, can be used to compare the nutrient quantities in different foods.
The average quantity per serving, provides the nutrients as per the specified serving size.
The serving size is just a guide and appropriate portion sizes will vary based on baby’s age, stage of development and appetite.

Sugars

The sugars quantity represents all the sugars found in the product. Sugars in food are from naturally occurring (intrinsic) sugars found in some ingredients such as fruit, veg and milk or through added sugars (including sucrose/refined sugars).
In the Wattie’s baby food range, only custards contain a small amount of added sucrose (table sugar) for taste. In this label example the 2.5g/100g of sugars is from the vegetable and bean ingredients.

Sodium

The sodium in food can be from naturally occurring or added sodium/salt. The infant food regulations have strict criteria limiting the amount of sodium.
Other than teething rusks (which require salt for the hard texture) and recipes with cheese ingredients, Wattie’s baby foods do not have any added salt. In this example, the low 4mg/100g is from naturally occurring sodium.

Best before

All Wattie’s baby foods have a best before date printed on the label. We recommend that baby foods are consumed before their best before date as beyond this, the quality and texture could start to diminish.

Spoon feeding

It is recommended that babies are spoon-fed and not feed directly from the pouch. Spoon feeding is important for babies to learn how to eat and chew food, and they can also see, smell and touch the food.

Caps

on Wattie’s baby food pouches could be a choking risk, so please do not let young children hold and play with the cap. Remove cap and keep out of child’s reach. Squeeze required amount of food from pouch into a bowl and then re-cap pouch with any remaining food and put in the fridge for up to 48 hours, if the food has not been heated.

Contact

The label contains our Wattie’s contact details and a lot identification number so you can make contact if you have any queries about your product.

Country of Origin

The country of origin indicates the country from where the product was made or packed with additional information on if local and/or imported ingredients were used.

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