The following products do not need to have a nutrition declaration:
- beverages with an alcoholic strength greater than 1.2%
- products with a single ingredient (or category of ingredients, such as fruit) that has not been processed OR the only process it has been subjected to is maturing
- water, where the only added ingredients are carbon dioxide and/or flavourings
- herbs and spices (including mixtures)
- salt and salt substitutes
- table-top sweeteners
- coffee (caffeinated and decaffeinated), including coffee beans (milled and ground) and instant / soluble coffee and chicory products
- all forms of tea and herbal and fruit infusions that do not contain any added ingredients that would change the nutritional value
- vinegar with no added ingredients other than flavours
- chewing gum
- small products (where the largest surface has an area of less than 25 cm2)
If any nutrition or health claim is made on the product (for example, low fat) then it triggers the requirement for a nutrition declaration regardless of whether the product would normally need one.
The declaration will need to include the mandatory information (energy, fat, saturates, etc) and the nutrient, vitamin or mineral to which the claim refers.
If the substance to which the claim refers cannot be included in the nutrition declaration then the amount per 100 g / ml must be stated separately in the same field of vision as (and preferably close to) the nutrition declaration.
‘Same field of vision’ means that you must be able to hold the product so that both pieces of information can be seen at the same time.