Comparing Food Labeling Regulations

By | 2014年6月23日
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Label bank’s database provides you with summarized food labeling regulations of different countries around the world. As more and more companies are exporting their food products overseas, it is important to be updated with the latest food labeling regulations to ensure that your product can be safely imported.

The database provides the following information, comparing the food labeling regulations of different countries.

Required information??


Most countries have the similar basic requirements, displaying a product name, ingredients list etc. There are still exceptions where some countries, for instance, make it a requirement to display the nutritional information panel. Moreover, as these regulations may vary from product to product, it is important to refer to the regulations carefully.

Australia EU Japan Singapore United States of America
Product Name Product Name Product Name Product Name Product Name
Ingredients List
Additives
Allergens
GMO
Ingredients List
Additives
Allergens
GMO
Ingredients List
Additives
Allergens
GMO
Ingredients List
Additives
Allergens
Ingredients List
Additives
Allergens
Net Weight Net Weight Net Weight Net Weight Net Weight
Use-by date Use-by date Best before date Expiry date
Storage information and directions for use Storage information Storage information Storage information Safe handling instructions
Country of origin Country of origin Country of origin Country of origin Country of origin
Name and address of company Name and address of company Name and address of company Name and address of company Name and address of company
Nutrition Information Panel* Nutrition Information Panel*     Nutrition Information Panel
Lot identification        

* As much of this information is subjected to the regulations of each country, please refer to their respective websites for more information.

( 2015/10 )

Allergens??


The allergens to be declared on the food label are different as well for each country. While some countries may opt to make the declaration of allergens necessary, there are also others which recommend the declaration. As some of these categories of allergen may be broad, additional information may be required.

Australia EU Japan Singapore United States of America
Cereals containing gluten × ×
Egg
Milk Products
(including lactose)
Peanuts
Crustaceans
Fish
(Mackerel, Salmon, Salmon roe)
Beans
(Soybean)

(Soybean)

(Soybean)

(Soybean)

(Soybean)
Nuts
(Tree nuts)

(Cashew, Walnut)

(Tree nuts)

(Tree nuts)
Buckwheat × × × ×
Fruits × ×
(Apple, Banana, Kiwi, Orange, Peach)
× ×
Meat × ×
(Beef, Chicken, Pork)
× ×
Sulphites (10mg/kg or more) × ×
Others Sesame seed Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Lupin, Molluscs Squid, Abalone, Matsutake mushrooms, Yam, Gelatin, Wheat, Sesame Wheat

As much of this information is subjected to the regulations of each country, please refer to their respective websites for more information.

( 2015/10 )

Nutrition Information Panel??


Lastly, it is mandatory that the Nutrition Information Panel is displayed in some countries such as the US. For other countries such as Singapore, it is only necessary if nutrition claims are made. The mandatory fields indicates that these nutrients must be displayed while the necessary fields indicates that should the Nutrition Information Panel be provided, these nutrients should be displayed.

Australia EU Japan Singapore United States of America
Energy Mandatory Mandatory Necessary Necessary Mandatory (calories and calories from fat)
Protein Mandatory Mandatory Necessary Necessary Mandatory
Fat Mandatory (total and saturated) Mandatory (total and saturated) Necessary Necessary Mandatory (total, saturated, and trans fat)
Carbohydrate Mandatory (carbohydrate and sugar) Mandatory (carbohydrate and sugar) Necessary Necessary Mandatory (total, fiber, and sugar)
Sodium Mandatory Mandatory (salt) Necessary Not required Mandatory
Fiber Not required Not required Not required Not required Mandatory
Cholesterol Not required Not required Not required Not required Mandatory
Vitamins A and C, Calcium, and Iron Not required Not required Not required Not required Mandatory

Mandatory ? Information must be displayed
Necessary ? Information to be displayed if Nutrition Information Panel is provided
Not required ? Optional to display information
* As much of this information is subjected to the regulations of each country, please refer to their respective websites for more information.

( 2015/10 )

*As the information provided here is a summarized version of labeling regulations and is subjected to the regulations of each country, please refer to the respective websites provided for more information.

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