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Nutrition Labeling of Prepackaged Food Regulation will be implemented on January 1, 2013. Mandatory declared items include the content of Energy, Core nutrients and Percentage Nutrient Reference Values (NRV). In general, the core nutrients refer to protein, fat, carbohydrates and sodium. However, the content of Trans fat should be simultaneously included when hydrogenated and (or) the partially hydrogenated vegetable oil was added into food ingredients or used during the process. Declaration of other nutrients, such as Vitamins and minerals, is only applied when the presence of nutritional claims, otherwise, is in voluntarily base.

The Expression and Tolerance Limits for Declaration of Energy and Nutrient Contents

Energy and nutrient contents should be expressed in either “per 100g” or “per 100ml” or “per serving”, and in the defined table formats (refers to the right figure). Besides, all declarations must comply with the tolerance limits.

Monitoring the Nutritional Claims

The standard also stipulates the conditions of nutrition content and comparative claims for prepackaged foods as well as defined terminology for functional claims, as the supervision principles for “over-claiming” issues.

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