January 26, 2021

Nutritional Food Labels in Australia

The nutrition information panel must be presented in a standard format which shows:

  •  the average amount per serve and
  •  per 100g (or 100mL if liquid) of the food.

Nutrition information panels provide information on the:

  • Average amount of energy (in kilojoules or both in kilojoules and kilocalories),
  • Protein,
  • Fat,
  • Saturated Fat,
  • Carbohydrate,
  • Sugars
  • and Sodium (a component of salt)
  • Number or the name of any additives (e.g. monosodium glutamate = MSG or 621)

in the food, as well as any other claim that requires nutrition information.

For example, if a food had a ‘good source of fibre’ claim then the amount of fibre in the food must be shown in the nutrition information panel.

Some foods don’t require a nutrition information panel:

  • a herb or spice, mineral water, tea and coffee (they have no significant nutritional value)
  • foods sold unpackaged
  • foods made and packaged at the point of sale, e.g. bread made and sold in a local bakery.
    • However, if a claim is made about any of these foods (for example, ‘good source of calcium’, ‘low
    • fat’) a nutrition information panel must be provided.
  • foods in small packages, i.e. packages with a surface area of less than 100 mm squared (about the size of a larger chewing gum packet) are not required to have a nutrition information panel.

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