Vitamins, Nutritional Table & Ingredients List with new EU labelling rules
1) Nutritional Table.
Currently, Vitamins are quantified as both “x Mg per 100g” and “x% RDA” in the Nutritional Table. I have heard that under the new Regs, “x% RDA” is going to be replaced but I am not clear with what. Could you clarify?
I am particularly interested in how to quantify Vitamin C.
2) Ingredients List.
Are there any changes to how “Vitamin C” should be stated in the Ingredients List?
My short answer is that nothing is changing in this respect, except for the use of the acronym ‘RI’ instead of ‘RDA’. Please note that the acronym varies across the EU member states.
For info, according to the FIC Regulation, when the declaration of vitamins and minerals is given voluntary, values must be expressed per 100 g or per 100 ml in the units stablished in point 1 of Part A of Annex XIII – (mg in the case of vitamin C) and ONLY if ‘significant amounts’ of the vitamins and minerals are reached in the food product.
Additionally to this declaration, they must be expressed as a percentage of the Reference Intakes that are set out in FIC Regulation (point 1 of Part A of Annex XIII) in relation to per 100 g or per 100 ml, expressed as % NRV (Nutrient Reference Values).
‘Significant amounts’ of vitamins and minerals mean that a food product must contain at least 7.5% of NRV per 100 ml in the case of beverages, and at least 15% of NRV per 100 g or 100 ml in the case of products other than beverages. Or, 15% of the NRV per portion, if the product contains a single portion.
In your particular case, vitamin C should be provided as ‘x mg per 100 g or 100 ml’, and ‘x % NRV’.
Link to the FIC Regulation: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02011R1169-20140219&from=EN
Hope this helps.