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The Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (England) Regulations 2009

There is new entry into force of The Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (England) Regulations 2009.  These Regulations amend the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 by updating the recommended daily allowances for vitamins and minerals by introducing a definition of fibre and by introducing new energy conversion factors for fibre and erythitol. The

Regulation enters into force and applies from 30 October 2009. Trade in products that do not comply with the new rules will be prohibited from 31 October 2012.

The key changes within the Regulations are detailed below.

 Vitamins and minerals and their recommended daily allowances

The Regulations amend the list of the vitamins and minerals that may be declared as part of nutrition labelling and specifies their recommended daily allowances (RDAs) as follows:

Vitamin/mineral Recommended Daily  Allowance
Vitamin A 800 μg
Vitamin D 5 μg
Vitamin E 12 mg
Vitamin K 75 μg
Vitamin C 80 mg
Thiamin 1.1 mg
Riboflavin 1.4 mg
Niacin 16 mg
Vitamin B6 1.4 mg
Folic acid 200 μg
Vitamin B12 2.5 μg
Biotin 50 μg
Pantothenic acid 6 mg
Potassium 2000 mg
Chloride 800 mg
Calcium 800 mg
Phosphorus 700 mg
Magnesium 375 mg
Iron 14 mg
Zinc 10 mg
Copper 1 mg
Manganese 2 mg
Fluoride 3.5 mg
Selenium 55 μg
Chromium 40 μg
Molybdenum 50 μg
Iodine 150 μg

Source: FSA


The definition of ‘fibre’ that has been introduced states:

‘fibre’ means carbohydrate polymers with three or more monomeric units, which are neither digested nor absorbed in the human small intestine and belong to the following categories:

–          edible carbohydrate polymers naturally occurring in the food as consumed;

–          edible carbohydrate polymers which have been obtained from food raw material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means and which have a beneficial physiological effect demonstrated by generally accepted scientific evidence;

–          edible synthetic carbohydrate polymers which have a beneficial physiological effect demonstrated by generally accepted scientific evidence.

 Energy conversion factors

The Regulations introduce energy conversion factors for fibre (2 kcal/g (8 kJ/g) and erythritol (0 kcal/g (0 kJ/g).

 Source: http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/ipletterlabellingnutrition.pdf

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