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),
- Saturated Fat,
- 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.