Businesses warned not to tamper with ANZAC biscuit recipe
ANZAC biscuits are a protected product, with the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) warning businesses that if they tamper with the recipe, they could face hefty fines.
You can tinker with the recipe as much as you like when you make them at home, but businesses have been reminded they should not deviate from the traditional ingredients – coconut, rolled oats, flour, butter and golden syrup.
The DVA has told bakeries and small businesses they could be fined up to $51,000, and individual sellers $10,000.
“Definitely no addition of new ingredients that alter the traditional biscuit and its taste such as egg, chocolate chips or almonds,” a DVA spokesperson said, although some ingredients can be substituted for people who are gluten or lactose intolerant.
The spokesperson also stated “the biscuits must be called ‘ANZAC biscuits’ not ‘ANZAC cookies’ or any other term”.
The move is part of a crackdown on companies looking to capitalise on ANZAC Day. A DVA permit must be obtained to sell any product using the word “ANZAC”.