Getting Your Claims Right

6 Making a high level health claim

Page last updated: 21 October 2014

Building a high level health claim

The purpose of this diagram is to direct users to the relevant sections of this guidance document.

Alternative text for diagram 4 (Text 1 KB)

Schedule 2 may be amended by application to FSANZ.

A high level health claim means a health claim that refers to a serious disease or a biomarker of a serious disease.

The requirements outlined in Sections 2 and 4 of this document also apply when making a high level health claim.

Only food-health relationships described in Schedule 2 of Standard 1.2.7 may be used for the making of high level health claims.

Building a high level health claim based on Schedule 2:

  • Calcium is listed in Schedule 2.
  • Column 1 (Food or property of food): Calcium.
  • Column 2 (Specific health effect): Reduced risk of osteoporosis.
  • Column 3 (Relevant population): Persons 65 years and over.
  • Column 4 (Dietary context): Diet high in calcium, and adequate Vitamin D status.
  • Column 5 (Conditions): The food contains no less than 290mg of calcium per serving.

A high level health claim made about calcium and reduced risk of osteoporosis must comply with all above stated conditions.

A template is provided to assist food businesses to: build a high level health claim; and demonstrate due diligence in attempting to comply with the Food Standards Code.

This template should be used with the associated ‘Checklist for High Level Health Claims’.

A separate template and associated checklist should be used for each claim.