Nutrition Labeling Scheme

Nutrition Labeling Scheme

The Food and Drugs (Composition and Labeling) (Amendment: Requirements for Nutrition Labeling and Nutrition Claim) Regulation 2008 (the “Amendment Regulation”) was enacted by the Legislative Council on 28 May 2008. The Amendment Regulation introduces the Nutrition Labeling Scheme (“the Scheme”) which covers two main types of nutrition information on food labels, namely nutrition labeling and nutrition claims.

Selected terms are defined in the Amendment Regulation
1) “Available carbohydrates” means total carbohydrates excluding dietary fibre.

2) ”Dietary fibre” means any fibre analyzed by means of any official methods adopted by the independent organization internationally recognized as regards validating and approving analytical methods for foods and agriculture known as AOAC INTERNATIONAL.

3)”Energy” in relation to any food, means the energy provided by the food which is
(a) Calculated as the total amount of energy contributed by available carbohydrates, protein, total fat, ethanol and organic acids contained in the food; and
(b) Calculated according to the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling adopted by the Codex
Alimentarius Commission.

4) “Nutrient” means any substance present in food which
(a) Belongs to, or is a component of, one of the following categories
(i) Protein;
(ii) Carbohydrates;
(iii) Fat;
(iv) Dietary fibre;
(v) Vitamins;
(vi) Minerals; and
(b) Satisfies any of the following conditions –
(i) The substance provides energy;
(ii) The substance is needed for growth, development and normal functions of the body;
(iii) A deficit of the substance will cause characteristic bio-chemical or physiological changes to occur.
5) “Sugars” means all Mono-Saccharides and Di-Saccharides present in food.
6) “Trans fatty acids” means the sum of all unsaturated fatty acids which contains at least one non-conjugated and trans double bond.
7) “Vitamin A” means a nutrient calculated as the sum of the following components contained in the food –
(a) Retinol; and
(b) Beta-carotene calculated in terms of Retinol Equivalent (with 6 μg of beta-carotene as being equivalent to 1 μg of Retinol Equivalent)”.

Quoted from: Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Hong Kong Government

Nutrition Labeling Scheme
Nutrition Labeling Scheme

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