This provides the consumer with all the relevant details they need to make an informed choice about whether to purchase the product, and gives them the ability to choose foods that are well suited to a healthy and balanced diet.
Typically the nutrition label will include the information on energy, calories, fats, of which saturates, carbohydrates, sugars proteins and salt. It is vitally important that all this information is accurate and correct, as all nutrition details must comply with the Food Information Regulations that were introduced in December 2014.
The main change to the nutrition declaration under the FIR is the order of the nutrients, and that salt should be declared rather than sodium. In addition, the FIR has certain rules governing the provision of voluntary nutrition information, particularly for front of pack labelling, nutrition labelling of non-pre-packaged foods and energy labelling of alcoholic drinks. There are also some nutrients that are now prohibited to be declared.