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Global Index 2018

Category F - Labeling

F Informative labeling and appropriate use of health and nutrition claims

(15% of overall score)

One important means of promoting healthy diets, and addressing obesity and undernutrition, is to provide consumers with accurate, comprehensive and readily understandable information about the nutritional composition and potential health benefits of what they eat. This can promote better nutrition by helping consumers choose appropriate products to manage their weight and help to prevent or address diet-related chronic disease, as well as raise awareness of products that will address micronutrient deficiencies. This Category assesses companies' approaches to product labeling and use of health and nutrition claims, particularly with respect to the consistency of their application across product portfolios and in different markets and their accordance with international standards.

15% of the score

Category F consists of two criteria:

F1 Nutrition labeling

F2 Health and nutrition claims

To perform well in this category, companies should:

  • Adopt, publish and fully implement a global policy on nutrition labeling that commits to provide information on all key nutrients in a way that is easy to understand for consumers, including information on portion size and nutrients as percentages of Daily Values (or equivalent) displayed appropriately in nutrition information panels on the back of packs and in interpretative format on the front of packs.
  • Disclose the degree to which full labeling policy is implemented, at the level of markets with full roll-out.
  • Adopt and publish a global policy on the use of both health and nutrition claims that states that, in countries where no national regulatory system exists, such claims will only be placed on products if they are in full compliance with the relevant Codex standard.
  • Track and disclose the number of products that carry health and nutrition claims.

Improving nutrition for all

The Access to Nutrition Index rates food and beverage manufacturers´ nutrition-related policies, practices and disclosures worldwide on a recurring basis.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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