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Nutrition and health claims made on foods

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

European Regulation 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods seeks to protect consumers from misleading or false claims.

The regulation also makes it easier for manufacturers to identify nutrition and health claims that can be used on any specific food product. For example, a product which claims to be ‘low fat’ must contain no more than 3g of fat per 100g (for a solid) or no more than 1.5g fat per 100ml (for a liquid).

The Department of Health published guidance which is intended to help food business operators comply with these regulations. We have also produced a new, 4 page, quick start guide to the guidance.

A UK-wide consultation, which closed on 23 March 2010, about the draft revisions to the guidance was carried out by the Food Standards Agency.