Getting Your Claims Right

Checklist for General Level Health Claims (pre-approved)

Page last updated: 21 October 2014

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.

You need to tick all of the following boxes to ensure that you are not making a claim prohibited by Standard 1.2.7.

The claim is not about kava or about an infant formula product.

The claim is not about a food that contains more than 1.15% alcohol by volume, other than a nutrition content claim about energy or carbohydrate content.

The claim does not refer to the prevention, diagnosis, cure or alleviation of a disease, disorder or condition.

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

You need to tick all of the following boxes to ensure that Standard 1.2.7 applies to the claim and to the food that the claim is about.

The food the claim is made about does not require further processing, packaging, or labelling before retail sale.

The food will not be delivered to a vulnerable person by a delivered meals organisation, or provided to a patient in a hospital or other similar institution, other than a food in a package.

The claim is not managed by another standard of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (e.g. Standard 2.9.5 – Foods for Special Medical Purposes).

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).

Conditions for making general level health claims

You need to tick all the following boxes to ensure that your claim complies with Standard 1.2.7.

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.

The nutrient profiling score is calculated correctly and is below the number specified for its category in the NPSC (Schedule 4).

The health claim states the food or property of food mentioned in Column 1 of Schedule 3 of Standard 1.2.7.

The health claim states the specific health effect mentioned in Column 2 of Schedule 3 that is claimed for that food or property of food.

The health claim refers to the relevant population group in Column 3 of Schedule 3 to which the health effect relates (if any).

A dietary context statement1 is included with the health claim which:

  1. 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
  2. is appropriate to the type of food or property of food that is the subject of the claim and the health effect claimed.

The dietary context statement includes words to the effect of any relevant dietary context statement provided in Column 4 of Schedule 3.

The food complies with any relevant conditions in Column 5 of Schedule 3 of Standard 1.2.7.

A statement concerning the form of the food to which the claim relates is included with the health claim (unless the claim relates to the form of the food as sold).

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.