What is a Nutrition Facts Label?
A nutrition facts label is a listing of the level of nutrients. It is meant to provide factual information about the nutritional content of the product.
In Malaysia, food product labelling must comply with the Malaysia Food Regulations 1985 which protect the public against health hazards and fraud in the preparation, sale, and use of food.
Benefits of Nutrition Labelling
Nutrition facts labels can be an effective communication tool between manufacturers and consumers.
Food manufacturers provide information about their products on their own nutrition labels and consumers will be able to assess the quality of each product before making a purchase.
Besides, manufacturers can also highlight the nutritional qualities of their products and help consumers differentiate their products from competitors.
Furthermore, as consumers become increasingly educated about nutrition and healthy eating, they want reassurance that they are buying products for the right nutritional attributes.
Does Your Product Need Nutrition Facts Label?
First of all, you need to identify if your food products need a nutrition facts label or not.
This is because not all food products are required to have a nutrition facts label based on the Food Regulations 1985.
Here are the categories of food that require mandatory nutrition labelling.
- Prepared cereal food and bread
- Milk product
- Flour confection
- Canned meat, fish, and vegetables
- Canned fruit and various fruit juices
- Salad dressing and mayonnaise
- Soft drink
In addition, small packages with a total surface area of less than 100cm2 and returnable glass bottles are exempted from nutrition labelling, provided that no nutrition claim is made.
Second of all, now that you have determined if your food products need nutrition labels or not, you need to know the requirements based on the Food Regulations 1985.
All text should be in Bahasa Malaysia if the food is produced, prepared, or packaged in Malaysia.
Moreover, if the food is imported, all text should be in Bahasa Malaysia or English. You can also include translation into other languages.
2. Font size
The minimum font size for nutrition labelling should not be smaller than 4 point lettering.
3. Optional Nutrients
These include vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber, sodium, cholesterol, fatty acids, amino acids, nucleotides, and other food components that are present in a significant amount (at least 5%).
However, only vitamins and minerals that are listed on Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) can be declared on nutrition labels.
Thus, other vitamins and minerals that are not on the list must get the approval of the Deputy Director-General of Health (Public Health), Ministry of Health Malaysia.
4. Mandatory Nutrients
The mandatory nutrients that must be included on a nutrition label are energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat and total sugars (for ready-to-drink beverages).
Moreover, information on energy value should be in kilocalories (kcal) or kilojoule (KJ) per 100g or per 100ml of the food or per package if the package contains only a single portion.
Additionally, the rule above also applies to the amount of protein, carbohydrate, and fat.
Other than that, the amount of these nutrients in the food should also be stated for each serving of the food as quantified on the label.
Below are some examples of nutrition labelling:
1. Solid food
2. Liquid food
3. Single portion
Additionally, below is the formula for calculating the energy content of a food product,
Nutrition Facts Label For Export
Malaysia Food Regulations 1985 are based on the Codex Alimentarius guidelines that were set by Codex Alimentarius Commission established in 1962.
The Commission finalizes food standards and codes and compiles them into an international reference known as the Codex Alimentarius.
To date, the Codex Alimentarius comprises food standards, guidelines, and code of practices for a wide variety of food commodities, food labelling, food hygiene, food additive, pesticide residues, contaminant, and veterinary drug in foods.
Therefore, if you are already following the Food Regulations 1985 guidelines for your nutrition facts label, your products are qualified for export.
How to Create Your Nutrition Facts Label?
Once you get all your information to put into your nutrition facts label, how do you create one? There are two options.
The first option is that you can use pre-made templates available online. For this option, you must have basic knowledge of editing to edit the template. Then you need to decide on the label size and the type of material you will be printing the label on.
The second option is to hire an expert to do your labelling for you to ease the process by 10 times.
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