Labelling requirements for foods for special dietary use
Texture modified diets
Texture modified foods (that is to say, minced or pureed) for people with difficulty swallowing (meaning, dysphagia) meet the definition of a food for special dietary use in Division 24 of the FDR.
However, section B.24.003 identifies which foods may be represented as a food for special dietary use and texture modified foods for people with difficulty swallowing is not included. Therefore, texture modified foods for people with difficulty swallowing must be labelled in the same way as other prepackaged foods (see the core labelling and other requirements pages of the Industry Labelling Tool for more information). The label and advertising of these foods cannot refer to a disease "dysphagia". The recommendation is that the label focus on the physical qualities of the food (for example, fine, coarse or firm texture or easy to swallow).
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