is generally only required when nutrients are added to a food or a
nutritional claim is made. However, many food manufacturers voluntarily
include this information an their products.
on the label must conform to a prescribed format. This makes comparison
between foods much easier. Information about the serving size, the
number of serves per container, the kilojoules (calories), protein,
fat, carbohydrate (including sugars), sodium and potassium must also
be included on the label. Other nutrients can also be included on
A food with nutrition
information on its label may not necessarily be better than one without
this information. Use the nutrient charts in this book to make comparisons
For foods that
have been supplemented or fortified with vitamins and minerals, the
label must include the amount of the nutrient that is present and
also the proportion of the daily allowance that a stated amount of
food contains. For example, in some breakfast cereals there is 0.55
milligram of vitamin B-1 in 60 grams of the cereal. This represents
50 per cent of the daily allowance. Packaged orange juice must contain
at least 80 milligrams of vitamin C per 200 millilitres, which is
more than 200 per cent or twice the recommended daily intake for adult
men and women in Australia.
and the law
do the different forms of date-marking mean?