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Guidance, Law & Regulations

Regulations on Nutrition Claim for Prepackaged Food Products

【Update Date:2015-03-03】 unit:食品組





































 1. This regulation is established under the provisions of Paragraph 3 of Article22 of the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation.
 2. The regulations are established to define the descriptive wording used to show the amount of nutrients in prepackaged food products.  Nutrition claims are divided into two categories "moderate intake" and "supplementary intake" subject to the impact of the intake of the particular nutrient on national health.

(1) The nutrition claims for "moderate intake"

Excessive intake of calories, fat, saturated fatty acids, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, lactose, and trans fat are harmful to the health of the population, therefore such nutrients are listed in the declaration reading "moderate intake". The above nutrients shall be labeled in accordance with the following principles. No descriptive wording other than the following labeling principles is allowed in the declaration reading "moderate intake":

A. Where  the  nutrient  in  the  first  column  of  Solid  (Semi-solid)  Food Labeling Table 1 is claimed "free," "without," or "zero" the amount of such nutrient per 100 g of food shall not be more than the amount specified in the second column of Table 1.

B. Where the nutrient in the first column of Liquid Food Labeling Table 1 is claimed "free," "without," or "zero" the amount of such nutrient per

100 ml of food shall not be more than the amount specified in the third column of the Table 1.

C. Where  the  nutrient  in  the  first  column  of  Solid  (Semi-solid)  Food Labeling Table 2 is claimed "low," "little," "weak," "light", or "slightly contained" the amount of such nutrient per 100 g of food shall not be more than the amount specified in the second column of Table 2.

D. Where the nutrient in the first column of Liquid Food Labeling Table 2 is claimed "low," "little," "weak," "light", or "slightly contained" the amount of such nutrient per 100 ml of food shall not be more than the amount specified in the third column of Table 2.

E. Where the nutrient in the first column of Food  Labeling Table 2 is claimed "reduced than..." or "less than..."(except for the less/reduced sodium salts) the difference between the amount of such nutrient in such solid (semi-solid) or liquid food and that in similar reference food must respectively reach or exceed the amount in the second or third column of the same table; the similar reference food being compared to shall be identified, and the amount or percentage reduced shall be specified.

F. Food  products  are  listed  as  "low  Sodium",  "little  Sodium",  "weak Sodium" or "slightly contained Sodium", the amount of Sodium shall respectively not be more than those described in the 2nd or 3rd column for per 100 g of solid (semi-solid) food or per 100 ml of liquid food of this table. Furthermore, the content of Potassium shall be stated clearly in the nutrition labeling format.

 


(2) The nutrition claims for “supplementary intake”

Inadequate intake of nutrients such as dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium and iron will affect national health, therefore such nutrients are claimed in the nutrition claims for "supplementary intake needed." The above nutrients shall be labeled  in  accordance  with  the  following  principles.  No  descriptivewording other than the following labeling principles is allowed in the nutrition claims for "supplementary intake needed":

A. Where  the  nutrient  in  the  first  column  of  Solid  (Semi-solid)  Food Labeling  Table  3  is  claimed  "high,"  "rich  in,"  "strengthened"  or "excellent source of," the amount of such nutrients per 100 g of food shall not be less than the amount specified in the second column of Table 3.

Notwithstanding, the foods listed in Table 5 shall be based on the amount of nutrient per 30 g (actual weight) of such food. The amount of the above nutrient contained in such foods shall not be less than the amount specified in the second column of Table 3. The food listed in Table 6 shall be based on the amount of the nutrient per 1 g (dry food) of such foods. The amount of the above nutrients (except dietary fiber) contained in such foods must reach or exceed the amount specified in the second column of Table 3. In this way, the amount of nutrient in such foods can  be  claimed  "high,"  "rich  in,"  "strengthened"  or  "excellent source of" in the first column of Table 3.

B. Where the nutrient in the first column of Liquid Food Labeling Table 3 is claimed as "high", "rich in", "strengthened" or " excellent source of" the amount of such nutrient per 100 ml of such foods shall not be less than the amount specified in the third column of Table 3, or per 100 kilocalories of such food shall not be less than the amount specified in the fourth column of Table 3.

C. Where  the  nutrient  in  the  first  column  of  Solid  (Semi-solid)  Food Labeling Table 4 is claimed "source," "provide," or "contain" the amount of such nutrient per 100 g of such foods shall not be less than the amount specified in the second column of Table 4.

Notwithstanding, the foods listed in Table 5 shall be based on the amount of nutrient per 30 g (actual weight) of such food. The amount of the above nutrient contained in such foods shall not be less than the amount specified in the second column of Table 4. The foods listed in Table 6 shall be based on the amount of nutrient per 1 g (dry food) of such foods. The amount of the above nutrient contained in such foods shall not be less than the amount specified in the second column of Table 4.  In  this  way,  the  nutrient  in  such  foods  can  be  claimed  "source, "provide" or "contain" in the first column of Table 4.

D. Where the nutrient in the first column of Liquid Food Labeling Table 4 is claimed "source," "provide" or "contain" the amount of such nutrient per 100 ml of food shall not be less than the amount specified in the third column of the same table, or per 100 kcal of food shall not be less than the amount specified in the fourth column of Table 4.

E. Packaged  salt  products  that  are  claimed  “Iodized  salt”,  “contains Iodized salt”, “adds Iodized salt” or Synonyms shall not only be more than 12 parts per million, but also be corresponded to the “Standards for Specification,   Scope,   Application   and   Limitation   of   Food Additives”.  In  addition,  it  shall  label  the  following  warning  at  a notable place: “This salt product contains iodine, a necessary nutrient, but it does not apply to patients who with high iodine hyperthyroidism and who are treated with iodine 131 radiotherapy.”.

F. Where the nutrient in the first column of Food  Labeling Table 4 is claimed "higher than..." or "increased than..." the difference between the amount of such nutrients in such solid (semi-solid) or liquid food and that  in  similar reference food  must  respectively reach  or exceed  the amount in the second, third or fourth column of Table 4; the similar reference food being compared to shall be identified, and the amount or percentage higher shall be specified.

G.The foods listed in Table 7 shall not have nutrition claim such as "high, rich in, strengthened, excellent source of source, provide, contain, etc." in its declaration of nutrition facts and the descriptive wording of the physiological functions of nutrients.


 3. When the minimum daily intake amount of products in capsule or tablet form labelled with a daily intake limit equals to or exceeds that listed in the first column of Table 3, the product can be claimed "high," "rich in," "strengthened"  or  "excellent  source  of".  When  minimum  daily  intake amount equals to or exceeds that listed in the first column of Table 4, the product can be claimed "source," "provide" or "contain".
 4. For foods that require reconstitution with water for consumption or concentrated products (e.g., milk powder, juice powder, coffee and concentrated juice), it is acceptable to apply nutrition claims in "moderate intake" or "supplementary intake" category based on the amount of nutrient per 100 g solid food or per 100 ml liquid food as prepared in accordance to the recommendation on the product. For brewed food products, the nutrition claims  shall  base  on  the  reconstituted  liquid  obtained  using  the recommended reconstitution method.
 5. Where a product has two or more nutrients that meets the conditions for nutrition claims, such claims may be made for such product accordingly. For instance, "this product is a low-fat, high-fiber product" or "this product is a low-fat, high-fiber, zero cholesterol" provided that the same product is measured on the same basis 【solid (semi-solid) or liquid】.
 6. Nutrients are not regulated as "moderate intake" or "supplementary intake" by  the  central  management  authorities  that  shall  not  be  declared  as "moderate intake" or "supplementary intake".
 7. The descriptive wording of the physiological functions of nutrients are regulated as "supplementary intake" by the central management authorities that shall be subjected to provisions relevant to the amount of nutrients as specified in Subparagraphs 3 and 4 of Article 2-(2) “The nutrition claims for “supplementary intake” of these Regulations.
 8. "Special Dietary Food" is not restricted to these regulations.