Nutrition information panels on food labels
Labels for most food and drink sold in New Zealand must show a Nutrition Information Panel (NIP). The panel shows how much energy and nutrition is in each serve and 100g or 100ml.
On this page:
- What is a nutrition information panel?
- When no nutrition information panel is needed
- Calculate your panel
- More on nutrition information panels
Your nutrition information panel (NIP) must show:
- how much in a serving, for example, 'Serving size 70g'
- how many servings are in the package, for example, '8 servings per packet'
- how much energy (in kilojoules, calories optional) and the 6 nutrient components is in:
- 100g or 100ml, and
- one serving.
The 6 nutrient components are:
- saturated fat
You must follow a set layout for your NIP, depending on the food, drink, and packaging.
Food and drinks that don't need a nutrition information panel include:
- most alcoholic drinks
- packaged water
- herbs, spices, vinegar, salt, gelatine, setting agents and food additives
- tea and coffee
- fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish
- prepacked filled rolls and sandwiches
- food in a package with a surface area under 100 square cm.
There are special rules for nutrition information when labelling infant formula:
Nutrition content claims
You must have a Nutrition Information Panel if you make a nutrition content claim about your food or drink (even if that food or drink does not normally need a panel).
If you make a nutrition content claim about a nutrient or biologically active substance, you must include the nutrient or substance on your panel.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) provides:
- a nutrition information panel calculator
- ingredient nutrient profile data to download and use with your own software.
To use the calculator, you need to know:
- how much your product weighs
- how much of each ingredient you use
- how much is 'one serving'
- the number of servings in one packet.
Some exceptions and details may apply to you that are not covered on this web page. Food businesses must follow all the rules. More advice and guidance is on the FSANZ website.
What else must be on a food label?
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