Mandatory Nutrition Labelling Guidance.

Mandatory Nutrition Labelling Guidance.

The government states what guidance you must include and how it should be set out within label laws and regulations. With Natasha’s Law now implemented, it can be confusing to know how to fit all the information in and still have it make sense to the customer.

Tolarus can help you complete this easily with its software that auto-allergen bolds and provides QUID and nutritional information from the ingredients and products you enlist. There are also label design features built-in with barcoding sets and QR code capabilities for you to test out on-demand design ideas and labels printing fast and efficiently in-house with little waste.

So, what are the Mandatory Nutrition Labelling guidelines?

(Nutrition labelling rules don’t apply to: Food Supplements and Natural mineral waters.)

The Mandatory ‘Back of Pack’ Rules are as Follows:

  • Declaration of: - Energy Value (in both kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal)); and
  • The Amounts (in grams (g)) of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt.
  • Declaration of: Salt Rather Than Sodium.
  • Highlighting of: No added salt in a product. (Using These Phrases: “This product contains no added salt. Salt content is due to naturally occurring sodium.”)
  • Voluntary Declaration: supplement the mandatory nutrition declaration with information, on the amounts (in grams (g)) of one or more of the following;
  • Mono-unsaturated
  • Polyunsaturated
  • Polyols
  • Starch
  • Fibre
  • Any of the vitamins or minerals listed in significant amounts

(No other nutrient or substance may be declared in the nutrition declaration)

‘If a nutrition or health claim is made, in respect of any of the supplementary nutrients, you must declare them in the same field of vision as the nutritional declaration.’

  • Declaration of: vitamins and/or minerals must be made with a % intake reference in addition to absolute “significant” amounts. (Example: 15% of 100g product or 100ml bottle of beverage products.)
  • Declaration of: other nutrients/ health claims, these are claims made outside of the nutritional box list to a ‘substance’ not specified within this list. This must be declared with the amount of substance and within the same field of vision as the nutrition labelling, but not within the list and with units of measurement appropriate for the substance claim. (Example: High in: Omega-3, units expressed in ‘mg’).
  • Declaration of: Cholesterol, is not included on the mandatory or voluntary list. However, you can claim a product is low in cholesterol if it is under the required amount to make this claim.
  • Labelling of: Trans Fats cannot be provided as these are not mandatory or supplementary nutrients.

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