This checklist is to assist food businesses when making general level health claims based on pre-approved food-health relationships and is useful for documenting due diligence. It should be read in conjunction with ‘Getting Your Claims Right: A Guide to Complying with the Nutrition, Health and Related Claims Standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code’.
Claims not permitted or foods not permitted to carry claims by Standard 1.2.7.
The claim is not about kava or about an infant formula product.
The claim does not compare a food with a good that is represented in any way to be for therapeutic use; or likely to be taken for therapeutic use, whether because of the way in which the food or substance is presented or for any other reason.
The claim does not compare the vitamin or mineral content of a food with another food, unless specifically permitted by the Food Standards Code.
Standard 1.2.7 applies
The claim does not concern risks or dangers of alcohol consumption, or concern moderating alcohol intake.
The claim is not a mandatory declaration required by the Act (as defined in the Food Standards Code).
The words in the claim do not refer to a serious disease or a biomarker of a serious disease.
The correct Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion (NPSC) category is identified for the food (Schedule 4), except for food standardised in part 2.9 of the Food Standards Code.
A dietary context statement1 is included with the health claim which:
- states that the stated health effect must be considered in the context of a healthy diet involving the consumption of a variety of food; and
- is appropriate to the type of food or property of food that is the subject of the claim and the health effect claimed.
The nutrient or biologically active substance that is the subject of the claim has been included in the nutrition information panel (NIP) on the label of the package containing the food.
None of the words used in the health claim alter or contradict the effect of a statement or information required by Standard 1.2.7.