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Nutrition labelling getting tighter? From June 2011 newsletter

Nutrition labelling of food

The nutritional composition of food is of major significance to the consumer – and to the authorities – and so it is important to know what is in your products. Although not mandatory in all cases, the labelling of food products with basic nutritional information is now widespread – and expected by the customer. In some cases (for example, if you are making a health claim on the label), it is necessary to declare not only the basic energy, fat, protein and carbohydrate content, but also the level of sugars, saturated fat, fibre and sodium. The requirements for nutrition labelling are also likely to become more stringent with the Food Information Regulation.

It may be possible to calculate the nutritional composition of your product from literature values and knowledge of the recipe and level in starting materials, but it can only be verified by actual chemical analysis.We have an extensive analytical capability in this area - covering the basic nutrients, but also extending to vitamins, minerals, specific fats (e.g. omega-3 and trans fats), antioxidants and alcohol.We can also analyse for specific carbohydrate types (e.g. inulin and polyols), and salt, and can help you calculate meat content in products.

Contact: Richard Butler
+44(0)1386 842070

The chemical analysis is backed up by our legal advisers, who can help you through the maze of legislation relating to food labelling, and nutrition and health claims regulations.