Food Labeling Essay

790 Words May 26th, 2001 4 Pages

There once was a time where words like "light" and "low-fat" on food packages that had no nutritional meaning. As a result, shoppers were often led to believe they were buying products that were more helpful than they really were. Nutrition panels on labels were also confusing and hard to read. But the Australia New Zealand Authority (ANZFA) changed all that. In March 2001 the ANZFA defined new standardized terms that appear on food labels such as "low-fat", "reduced" and "lean" to control how food manufacturers could put their facts that are relevant to most of our dietary needs. This meaning that food labeling helps consumers to make the best possible food choice.

What is a food label? What is on a food label?

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ƒÞ Fat and increased risk of cancer.
ƒÞ Saturated fat and cholesterol and an increased risk of heart disease.
ƒÞ Fiber and a reduced risk of cancer.
ƒÞ Fruit, vegetables and grain products that contain fiber and a reduced risk of heart disease.
ƒÞ Sodium (salt) and an increased risk of high blood pressure.
ƒÞ Fruits and vegetables and a reduced risk of cancer.
ƒÞ Soy protein and a reduced risk of heart disease

Understanding what's on a food label

Here is an example of a food label that has a lot of claims. (Refer to Appendix 1).

1. Date marking is a guide to the amount of time for which the unopened packaged food, when stored correctly, should keep its quality and wholesomeness. Date marking is usually in the form of 'use by', 'best before' or 'packed on'.
2. Name is what the food product is. Some foods have a name that¡¦s prescribed by law (such as margarine, ice-cream, bread and pecans)
3. Name and Address of the retailer, manufacturer, packer or importer.
4. Country of origin identifies the country in which the food was made or grown.
5. The ingredient list (not required as pecans are naturally grown) is your guide to whats in the food. Ingredients must be listed in descending order by weight, except water.
6. Net Weight this tells you the amount of food in the package. It's expressed in grams

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