F Informative labeling and appropriate use of health and nutrition claims

One important means of 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. This assessment is divided into two Criteria:

F1 Product labeling

F2 Health and nutrition claims

To perform well in this Category, companies should (in addition to observing national standards where they exist):

  • Adopt and publish a global policy on labeling that (1) commits to including all key nutrients on back-of-pack labels; (2) presents this information as a percentage of guideline daily amounts or daily values; (3) commits to providing nutritional information on the front of packs; and (4) with respect to undernutrition, commits to label all products that are fortified with micronutrients
  • Adopt and publish a global policy on the use of health and nutrition claims that states that, for countries where no national regulatory system exists, all health or nutrition claims made on a product will be in full compliance with Codex guidelines.


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