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TOLERANCES FOR THE NUTRITION DECLARATION ON FOODS OTHER THAN FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

For the nutrition declaration of nutrients for which a nutrition or health claim is made according to Regulation 1924/2006/EC, as well as for added vitamins and minerals according to Regulation 1925/2006/EC different tolerances may apply which are specified in section 5. The tolerance values listed include the uncertainty of measurement associated with a measured value. Therefore, no further allowance for uncertainty of measurement has to be made when deciding whether a measured value is compliant with the declared value.

 

Tolerances for foods other than food supplements including measurement uncertainty

Tolerances for foods

(includes uncertainty of measurement)

Vitamins +50%**                         -35%
Minerals +45%                             -35%
Carbohydrate,

Sugars,

Protein,

Fibre

<10 g per 100 g:            ±2 g

10-40 g per 100 g:         ±20%

>40 g per 100 g:            ±8 g

Fat <10 g per 100 g:            ±1.5 g

10-40 g per 100 g:         ±20%

>40 g per 100 g:            ±8 g

Saturates,

Mono-unsaturates,

Polyunsaturates

<4 g per 100 g:              ±0.8 g

≥4g per 100 g:               ±20%

Sodium <0.5 g per 100 g:          ±0.15 g

≥0.5 g per 100 g:          ±20%

Salt <1.25 g per 100 g:        ±0.375 g

≥1.25 g per 100 g:        ±20%

** for vitamin C in liquids, higher upper tolerance values could be accepted

 

Example 1:

  • A food product with a nutrition declaration of sugars of 8.5 g and no claim made about its sugar content
  • According to the rounding guidelines of section 6 this equals to 8.45 to 8.54 g sugars /100 g
  • Lower tolerance: lower value (8.45) minus lower tolerance for sugars from section 3 which is 2 g; 8.45 – 2 = 6.45 g/100 g; according to the rounding guidelines of section 6 the lower bound tolerance will be 6.5 g/100 g
  • Upper tolerance: upper value (8.54) plus the upper tolerance for sugars from section 3 which is 2 g; 8.54 + 2 = 10.54 g/100 g; according to the rounding guidelines of section 6 the upper bound tolerance will be 11 g/100 g
  • If official control finds a sugar content:
    • within the range of 6.5 to 11 g/100 g this product is found to be within the tolerance range according to the criteria laid down in section 3;
    • between the declared value (8.5 g) and the upper tolerance limit, control of compliance with section 2.3 should be considered
    • that is outside the range of 6.5 to 11 g/100 g, section 2.4 should be considered which gives examples of aspects to be taken into account when the measured value is outside the tolerance for the declared value

 

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