Nutrition labelling standards for pre-packaged foods

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Posted on: 31 Dec 2011

China’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has just passed the country’s first set of national standards for food nutrition labelling. The General Rules on the Nutrition Labels of Pre-packaged Foods (GB28050-2011) will guide and regulate nutrition labelling to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are buying and can eat healthily.

In view of problems of exaggeration and false claim in food labelling, the General Rules stipulate that the nutrition labels of pre-packaged food must be truthful and objective in their nutrition information and must not show false information or exaggerate the nutrition and other uses of the products.

The General Rules on the Nutrition Labels of Pre-packaged Foods cover the nutrition facts table, content claims and nutrient function claims. The nutrition facts table is a table listing the name and quantity of the nutrients of the food product and the percentages of their nutrient reference values (NRV). Mandatory labelling information includes energy and the four core nutrients of protein, fat, carbohydrate and sodium as well as their NRV. The General Rules stipulate that if hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fat is used for producing the food, the level of trans fat has to be highlighted on the nutrition facts table. They also spell out in concrete terms the content requirements and restrictions for describing the levels, presence or absence, increases or decreases of energy and nutrients in the food.

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Posted: 31 December 2011

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