AFGC launches updated PIF

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) has launched a simplified Product Information Form (PIF) that offers a variety of information about food ingredients, their composition and the presence of allergens.

The updated PIF Version 3.0 includes added functionality and user features that make it easier for food suppliers and manufacturers to complete the form.

Initially launched in 2008, the PIF provides a single, industry-agreed questionnaire used by leading food and grocery companies to provide information and meet the obligations for labelling and product identification, as specified by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and other relevant regulatory requirements for biosecurity and consumer protection.

AFGC chief executive Kate Carnell said having a standardised form instead of hundreds of individual company forms was a major benefit for industry.

“The PIF provides Australian food manufacturing businesses with considerable savings in time and resources to provide the same information to all their customers, and reduces the risks of typographical and clerical errors in completing the form. Since the PIF was first introduced, there has been wide acceptance of the use of the form across the entire industry,” Carnell said.

“Reducing duplication and regulation is a major benefit for industry which ultimately helps to provide safe, nutritious and affordable products for consumers.”

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