Posted by: Curious | 2008/09/04

Nutritional content of foods

I thought that it became a requirement some time ago for all food products to have the nutritional information printed on the packaging. This has definitely not happened - particularly with local brands, it seems that the imported products are more likely to list all this information. The ironic thing is that even products claiming to be low fat, reduced sugar, or even lower kilojoule, sometimes don' t have this info listed. What is the legal/statutory requirement regarding this?

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Dear Curious
We are at present waiting for the SA Department of Health to publish the 'new' SA Labelling Regulations. The existing Labelling Regulations do not require manufacturers to list nutritional information on their labels if they do not make any claims about the nutritive content. So we must wait for the legislation to become official.
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