Australian businesses who tamper with the classic Anzac Biscuit could face fines of $51,000.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has stated that businesses will face hefty fines of up to $51,000 if they are caught tampering with the traditional Anzac biscuit recipe, while individual sellers could be hit with a $10,000 fine.
The warning comes as part of a wider crackdown by the federal government and RSL on businesses exploiting the Anzac spirit for commercial gain.
Under government regulations, a biscuit can’t be sold as an ‘Anzac biscuit’ if it has additions like chocolate chips or almonds.
The earliest recipes for Anzac biscuits were published over a century ago and includes rolled oats, flour, golden syrup and sugar, with later versions including coconut.
The biscuits were made in Australia during World War I by soldiers’ wives and women’s groups.
No variations on the name are allowed either, with the word ‘Anzac’ governed by an act of parliament dating back to 1920.
To use the word ‘Anzac’ in sale goods A permit must first be issued from Veterans’ Affairs.
Gelato chain Messina was forced to rename its Anzac ‘Bikke’ flavoured gelato to ‘Anzac BISCUIT’ at the request of the department two years ago.
Under the Crimes Act 1914, a penalty of up to $10,200 for an individual and $51,000 for a body corporate may be issued for serious breaches regarding the use of the word ‘Anzac’.