Labelling food products

Claims about nutritional and health content

Nutritional claims suggest that food products have beneficial nutritional properties. They include statements such as:

  • low fat
  • source of calciumĀ 
  • high fibre
  • reduced salt
  • no added sugar

Health claims suggest a connection between food and health. They include statements like:

  • good for you
  • calcium helps maintain normal bones
  • keeps you feeling fuller for longer
  • helps improve concentration

Rules for nutritional and health claims

If you want to make nutrition or health claims for your foods you there is specific EU legislation you must comply with. This regulation requires claims to be authorised. ThisĀ makes it easier to identify nutrition and health claims that you can justifiably use on a specific product. It is designed to:

  • protect consumers from misleading or false claims
  • harmonise legislation across the European Community making it easier to trade

The regulation lists the claims that you can make for foods and the criteria your product must meet before you can make them.

Download guidance on nutritional and health claims on foods (PDF, 435KB).