February 24, 2021

Nutritional Labels

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.