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Food Standards Code-labelling. (Continuing Education).

Continuing education and the APD program

This quiz relates to the article by Lidgard and Yeatman, Dietitians' knowledge and perceptions of changes to food labelling in Australia, published on pp 181-6.

1. What are the seven nutrients that must be included in the nutrition information panel on food labels in Australia and New Zealand?

a. total energy (kilojoules), protein, total fat, carbohydrate

b. fibre, saturated fat, sodium

c. sugars, saturated fat, sodium

d. a. and b.

e. a. and c.

2. The new Food Standards Code includes changes to which of the following areas?

a. health claims and ingredients list

b. health claims and genetically modified food/food components

c. ingredients list and declaration of food components that are known allergens

d. country of origin and genetically modified food/food components

e. nutrition information panel and health claims

3. Other labelling requirements introduced in the new Food Standards Code include

a. a 'best before date' for all foods with a shelf life of less than two years

b. a 'use by date' for all foods with a shelf life of less than two years

c. a 'use by date' for all foods that may pose a health risk after a certain date

d. a 'best before date' for all foods with a shelf life of less than three years

e. b. and d.

f. a. and c.

Answers

1. e

Saturated fat, sugars and sodium but not dietary fibre are mandatory in addition to the four macronutrients. If a claim is made on the food label for any other nutrient it must also be included in the nutrition information panel.

2. c

The ingredients list must include the percentage of key or characterising ingredients. Mandatory warning and advisory statements on ingredients known to cause adverse reactions, such as food allergies, must also be included. Declaration of country of origin and health claims are two areas still under consideration. Regulations governing declaration of genetically modified foods/food components are already in the Food Standards Code.

3. f

Foods with a 'use by date' will be required to be removed from the shelves by that date. Most foods will carry a 'best before' date--the two terms will no longer be interchangeable. Manufacturers will also be required to provide information on the label about how to safely store and use the product.
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Publication:Nutrition & Dietetics: The Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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