Getting Your Claims Right

Checklist for Nutrition Content Claims

Page last updated: 21 October 2014

This checklist is to assist food businesses when making nutrition content claims 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.

T he 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 concerns the presence or absence of a biologically active substance, or dietary fibre, or energy, or minerals, or potassium, or protein, or carbohydrate, or fat, or the components of any one of protein, carbohydrate or fat, or salt, or sodium, or vitamins, or glycaemic index or glycaemic load; that does not refer to a health effect or the presence or absence of alcohol.

The claim is not a mandatory declaration required by the Act (as defined in the Food Standards Code).

Conditions for making nutrition content claims

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

If the nutrition content claim is based on a property of food in Column 1 of Schedule 1;

  1. the claim states the property of food as mentioned in Column 1 of Schedule 1 of Standard 1.2.7;
  2. the food meets the general claim conditions that must be met as mentioned in Column 2 of Schedule 2 of Standard 1.2.7; and
  3. the claim complies with any relevant conditions that must be met as defined in Column 4 of Schedule 1 if using a specific descriptor (or synonym) provided in Column 3 of Schedule 1.

If the claim concerns lactose or trans fatty acids, any descriptor used is mentioned in Column 3 of Schedule 1, corresponding with the relevant property of food (lactose or trans fatty acids), or is a synonym of one of those descriptors.

If the claim concerns gluten, any descriptor used is mentioned in Column 3 of Schedule 1 in conjunction with gluten, or is a synonym of one of those descriptors, or the claims states that the food contains gluten or is high in gluten.

If the claim is made about glycaemic load (GL), it only uses a numeric descriptor, or descriptor expressed in numeric form.

If the claim is made about glycaemic index (GI), glycaemic load (GL), or is a ‘diet’ claim, the food carrying the claim meets the nutrient profiling scoring criterion (NPSC).

If the claim concerns choline, fluoride or folic acid, there is an accompanying health claim about that substance made on the same food, and the claim states only:

  1. the food contains choline, fluoride or folic acid; or
  2. the food contains a specified amount of choline, fluoride or folic acid in a specified amount of food; or
  3. a combination of the above.

If the claim meets the conditions for using the descriptor ‘diet’, a descriptor that directly or indirectly refers to slimming or a synonym for slimming is not used.

If the nutrition content claim is a comparative claim, including a ‘diet’ claim where the food meets the conditions for making the ‘diet’ claim by having at least 40% less energy than the same quantity of reference food, the identity of the reference food and the difference between the amount of the property of food in the reference food to the claimed food is provided together with the claim.

If the nutrition content claim is not based on a property of food in Column 1 of Schedule 1, the claim states only:

  1. that the food contains or does not contain the property of food; or
  2. that the food contains a specified amount of the property of food in a specific amount of that food; or
  3. both of the above.

A statement concerning the form of the food to which the claim relates is included with the nutrition content 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 nutrition content claim alter or contradict the effect of a statement or information required by Standard 1.2.7.