Manufacturers have long recognised the importance of providing consumers with clear on-pack nutrition information as a powerful tool for helping them make better-informed choices and improving their overall food literacy.

The provision of detailed nutrition information on the back of packs is mandatory for most prepacked foods. The nutrients and their order is prescribed: energy (kJ and kcals) and then the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt. It has to be given per 100g/ml, and can additionally be given per portion or per consumption unit and as % RI (Reference Intake).

In addition, many manufacturers voluntarily provided simple, at-a-glance nutrition information on the front of pack (FoP). This FoP repetition can include energy alone or energy together with the amounts of fat, saturates, sugars and salt, and be overlaid with an additional form of expression (e.g. UK “traffic light” FoP scheme of % RI with red, amber and green colour coding).

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DHSC Guidance on Nutrition Labelling

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is responsible for nutrition legislation policy in England, including nutrition labelling & nutrition and health claims.

Being a devolved responsibility, nutrition legislation policy lies with the Welsh Government (WG) in Wales, Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Northern Ireland, and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) in Scotland.

Further information for members is also available via the FDF Food Labelling Toolkit.

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