Australia-New Zealand

Fsanz calls for industry views on amending nutritional labelling

By RJ Whitehead

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The panel's recommendation was designed to make nutrition labels easier to understand for consumers
The panel's recommendation was designed to make nutrition labels easier to understand for consumers

Related tags: Nutrition

The antipodean food regulator has called for public and industry comments as it assesses whether to change the way nutrition information is shown on food labelling. 

Manufacturers are currently required to provide nutrient information as both “per serving” and per 100g or 100ml. 

However, having conducted a review of labelling practices, a ministerial panel recognised the finite space available on food labels, and recommended that they be simplified for the benefit of consumers and the food industry industry.

Specifically, the panel has called for “per serving​” nutritional information to be made voluntary while retaining the stipulated weight- or volume-based information.

Steve McCutcheon, chief executive of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (Fsanz), said he had been asked by ministers responsible for food regulation to assess and provide advice on their findings. 

The review recommended that the declaration in the nutrition information panel of the amount of nutrients per serving not be mandatory unless a daily intake claim is made​,” said McCutcheon. 

We are seeking comments and information from stakeholders to inform our assessment​,” said McCutcheon, adding that the closing date for submissions will be 13 February 2015.  

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