Nutrition labelling (NL) is a declaration of the amount of energy (in cal) and nutrients (in gram or ml) in a particular product on its label.
It serves as a guide to consumers to make an informed choice when buying the particular pre-packaged food.
In Malaysia, a wide variety of pre-packaged foods are required to have nutrition labelling, and the declaration must be in per 100g or 100ml, and per serving.
Examples of nutrition labelling are as below.
A serving (5g) of X product provides sugar (0g), sodium (3mg), saturated fat (1g) and energy (27 cal).
Per serving of Y product: fat (7.5g), saturates (2.0g), sugar (40g) and salt (3g).
Product Z: 800 Cal per 100g.
Each 250ml bowl contains calories (150), sugars (3g), fat (2g), saturates (0.5g) and sodium (0.5g).
Note that the NL is for pre-packaged food.
Pre-packaged foods do not feature so prominently in the diets of Malaysians.
To benefit the consumers, NL needs to be placed on ready-to-eat meals, such as hawker foods and franchised fast foods too.