Labelling Guidance

Nutrition Information Panel (NIP)

Australian food regulations require all packaged foods to show a NIP table illustrating the content of the six macro nutrients within a food or drink.

The six macro nutrients, that must be listed are: protein, carbohydrate, fats, sugars, dietary fibres and sodium/salt. This mandatory requirement must provide information for both the recommended serving size and per 100mL serving of that product in order to assist consumers in making healthy choices in support of the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

You will also find the following information on food labels:

  • Product name
  • Brand name
  • Ingredient list
  • Nutrition information panel
  • Use by date
  • Manufacturer details
  • Product weight.

You might also find on your food labels:

  • Nutrition content claims or health claims
  • Allergen information
  • Other symbols e.g. Glycaemic Index (GI), Heart Foundation tick, Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) free, Gluten Free (GF).

Food labels – what do they mean?

Further information on how to use the Nutritional Information Panel can be found here.

Nutrition content claims and health claims

Nutrition content claims and health claims are voluntary statements made by food businesses on labels and in advertising about a food. Standard 1.2.7 sets out the rules for food businesses choosing to make nutrition content claims and health claims.

Nutrition content claims are claims about the content of certain nutrients or substances in a food or beverage, such as ‘low in fat’ or ‘good source of calcium’. These claims will need to meet certain criteria set out in the Standard. For example, with a ‘good source of calcium’ claim, the food needs to contain at least the amount of calcium specified in the Standard.

Further information about content claims and health claims can be found here.

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