New Nutritional Labelling Requirements in Israel
The Israeli Government is revising the current nutritional labelling legislation and requiring front of pack labeling for most prepackaged food products. The new regulations are due to enter into force on 1 January 2020. The aim of the new regulations is to improve nutrition education and encourage Israelis to change their lifestyles and to eat better.
Under the new requirements products deemed to be high in sodium, sugar and saturated fats will be marked with red symbols on the front of the packaging in addition to the nutritional labelling. Any product not considered to be prepacked (e.g. fruits, vegetables and meats) are excluded, as well as foods sold in packages smaller than 25cm². Foods that fit in with recommendations of the Ministry of Health, such as having no added sugar, would get a green mark.
The new labelling requirements will enter into force in two stages; the first stage is a transition period lasting 12 months from 1 January 2020. During the first stage, products containing more than 500mg of sodium, 13.5g of sugar or 5.0g of saturated fats per 100g of solid product would be labelled. During the second stage, those thresholds will decrease to 400mg of sodium, 10g of sugar, and 4.0g of saturated fats per 100g of solid product; even lower limits apply to liquid food.
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