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 preservatives
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 Code sets out specific requirements for foods and a 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.
The minimum age permitted on baby foods as per the Code is 4 months.
are needed in Wattie’s baby food in pouches, cans or jars, as the final steam cooking of the products keeps the food safe.
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.
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.
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.
The allergens that must be declared on food labels (wheat, cereal containing gluten, tree nuts, crustacea, egg, fish, lupin, milk, mollusc, sesame seeds, soybean, peanut, sulphites added at >10mg/kg) are declared within the ingredient list if present in the food.
Always check the food label to make sure the food is suitable.
For infant foods Energy, Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate, Sugars and Sodium are included in the Nutrition Information Panel.
Other nutrients may also be listed, such as when a claim being made.
Foods suitable for 12 months+ will also include Saturated Fat.
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.
The sugars quantity in the Nutrition Information Panel represent all the sugars found in the foods.
This includes naturally occurring sugars (such as sugars found in fruit, vegetables and milk) and added sugars.
Food that have more than 4g/100g of added sugar will have the word “Sweetened” on the label.
In the Wattie’s baby food range, only the Custards contain a small amount of added sugar for taste.
The word “Sweetened” is stated in the ingredient list on these products to identify them.
The sodium value in the Nutrition Information Panel represents all the sodium in the food. This includes naturally occurring sodium from foods, and from added salt within ingredients like cheese.
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.
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.
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.
The label contains our Wattie’s contact details so you can make contact if you have any queries about your product.
Country of Origin
The country of origin statement indicate the country where the product was manufactured, as well as some additional information on where the ingredients are sourced from.