Food Law News - FAO/WHO/WTO/Codex - 2001
FSA Letter, 13 August 2001
LABELLING - Codex Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling: proposed draft amendment
A letter of 10th May reported the outcome of the latest discussions on the Committee's proposed draft amendment to its guidelines on nutrition labelling. This letter invites comments on the revised draft text (ALINORM 01/22A; Appendix VII), (enclosed with the letter). Views will be used to inform the UK's position and to respond to the Secretariat's recent written request for comments on the revised text.
The main changes which have been proposed to the text are:
- that sugars, fibre, saturated fat and sodium must be declared when one or more of these is given voluntarily, or, if any of these nutrients is subject to a nutrition or health claim.
- if a claim is made for dietary fibre it must be declared.
- where a claim is made about the amount and/or type of fatty acids or cholesterol present in a food, the amounts of saturated fatty acids, or, cholesterol, and polyunsaturated fatty acids and trans fatty acids should be declared.
- additional provisions to allow any other fatty acid constituent to be declared are also included.
Comments on these amendments, or any other aspects of the text are required by 8th November 2001.
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