Guide

Food labelling and packaging

Last updated: 13 March 2017

Nutrition, health claims and supplement labelling

You must follow the European Union (EU) rules for nutrition labelling if you want to show nutrition information on pre-packed products.

You must have nutrition labelling if:

  • you make a nutrition or health claim
  • you've added vitamins or minerals to the food

You'll need to provide this information for all pre-packed products from December 2016.

Nutrition and health claims

You have to follow certain rules if you want to make a nutrition claim (eg low fat) or a health claim (eg calcium helps maintain normal bones).

You can't claim or imply that food can treat, prevent or cure any disease or medical condition.

Food supplements, fortified foods and foods for specific nutritional uses

You must follow certain rules if you are manufacturing, selling or importing:

  • a food supplement
  • a food fortified with vitamins and minerals

There are also specific rules for 'parnuts foods', eg:

  • formula milk for infants and young children
  • baby food
  • meal and total diet replacement for weight control
  • medical foods

You must tell the Department for Health if you want to sell infant formula or medical food in the UK.

Food labelling and packaging
Nutrition, health claims and supplement labelling