Nutritional labelling

Independent and trusted reviews and investigations of nutritional labelling, including information about country of origin labelling, and traffic light labelling.

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Serving up inconsistency

CHOICE takes a look at the unrealistic and variable serving sizes provided by food and drink manufacturers and retailers.

3 Apr 2014 | Unrealistic and inconsistent serving sizes in food and drinks create confusion for consumers and are a source of frustration for those watching their waistlines.

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Food allergen warnings

Label warnings that foods ‘may’ be contaminated with allergens are driving some consumers nuts – and putting them at risk of allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock.

6 Nov 2013 | Precautionary warnings on packaged foods are confusing consumers. How real is the risk of accidental cross-contamination of potentially dangerous allergens? CHOICE investigates.

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Palm oil labelling

How can we make healthier and sustainably sound choices if manufacturers don't make it clear that their products contain palm oil?

20 May 2013 | It contains high levels of saturated fats and causes environmental damage, so we look into why specific palm oil labelling isn't mandatory.

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The rise of nutritional branding

Pure, natural and healthy or laden with salt, sugar and saturated fat?

20 Nov 2012 | We look at 200 products with implied health or quality claims and discover there is a fine line between healthy and hoodwinked.

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Truth in food labelling

Nutrition claims on food labels often don't tell the full story.

15 Sep 2011 | Seductive labels on food that promise less saturated fat, no added sugar or a bumper amount of wholegrains often don't tell the whole nutritional story.

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Country of origin labelling

The jargon surrounding country of origin confuses consumers.

10 May 2011 | Our survey revealed Australian consumers are passionate about buying Aussie products, but do they understand claims about the origin of the food they are purchasing?

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CHOICE guide to food labelling

You can't judge a book by its cover – what about food by its label?

20 Jan 2009 | Food labelling can be a minefield of confusion and misinformation. Labelling legislation offers some relief, but often isn't sufficiently enforced.

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Traffic light labelling needs green light

New research shows traffic light labels help consumers make healthy choices.

19 Sep 2008 | A colour-coded traffic lights system, first developed by the UK Food Standards Agency, has been suggested as a more useful tool for helping consumers to make healthier food choices.

 

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