Kiwi dairies may be forced to ditch the iconic $1 lolly mixtures

NZ 20/09/2018

Dairies across New Zealand may be forced to ditch the iconic paper bag lolly mixtures after a recent push to label all foods in stores.

Dairy owners are being pushed to label all of the individual ingredients, which can be tricky when the bags are made up of a variety of treats.

It has forced Taupo dairy owner Sarah Saunders to get rid of them, and instead have bags with the same kind of lolly in them and one label.

"This is what we have to do, so that's what I'm doing," she said.

"You've got a $2 mix with 20 lollies, so you'd need 20 labels on that little bag," she said. "So that's not happening."

But the manager of food and beverage at NZ Food Safety said it was nothing new.

"The rules have been in place since 2002, so the rules have been the same for the last 16 years," Sally Johnston said.

Which is why the recent push had puzzled Ms Saunders, who had grown up with lolly mixes.

"It's always a little treat for the kids, adults as well," she said. "We have a lot of tradies out here that bought them for their little pick-me-up, and now they can't do it."

New Zealand Food Safety said non compliance could lead to court action.

"I do what I'm told," Saunders said. "It's an end of an era."

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