Changes to the list of ingredients

Important notice: The information on this web page is under review.

We've made improvements to the list of ingredients information on food labels based on feedback from consumers and stakeholders.

The changes to the list of ingredients include:

  • grouping sugars-based ingredients in brackets after the name 'Sugars'
    • this will help consumers identify all of the sources of sugars added to a food
  • listing food colours by their individual common names (for example, allura red)
  • making the text in black font on white or neutral background
  • creating minimum type height requirements for ingredients (see Figure 1. List of ingredients)
  • allowing for the use of bullets or commas to separate ingredients
  • using both upper and lower case letters for the ingredients in the list
    • the same format rules will apply to any 'contains' statement indicating the presence or potential presence of:
      • priority food allergens
      • gluten sources
      • added sulphites

These changes will make it easier to find, read and understand the list of ingredients.

Figure 1. List of ingredients.

Figure 1
Figure 1 - Text description

Shown here is the image of the new look for the list of ingredients. There is a white box outlined by a black rule. All text inside the box is black with the first letter of each ingredient capitalized. A bullet separates each ingredient in the list. There are 3 lines of text that run horizontally within the box.

The first line starts with the word Ingredients, in bold, followed by a colon. This is followed on the same line by Sugars, open parenthesis, fancy molasses, followed by comma, followed by brown sugar, followed by comma, followed by sugar, close parenthesis. The parenthesis is followed by a bullet, followed by Flour, followed by a bullet, followed by Vegetable oil.

The next line starts with shortening followed by a bullet followed by Liquid whole egg, followed by a bullet, followed by Salt, followed by a bullet followed by Sodium bicarbonate, followed by a bullet, followed by Spices, followed by a bullet and Allura red.

The last line in the box starts with the word Contains, in bold, followed by a colon. This is followed on the same line by the word Wheat, followed by a bullet, followed by Egg.

There is text shown around the outside of the box with arrows pointing to the new changes to the list of ingredients.

Above the box there are two arrows pointing to the uppercase S in Sugars and lowercase f in fancy with a note which says, Black font: upper and lower case. There is a third arrow pointing to the sugars ingredients with a note that says: Grouping of sugars-based ingredients.

Outside and to the right of the box is a square bracket with a note which says: Bullets or commas to separate ingredients.

Below the box there is an arrow pointing to white space and a note which says: White or neutral background. Also below the box there is an arrow pointing to the ingredient Allura red with a note which says: Food colours listed by name. Below the box, there is also an arrow pointing to the title "Contains" and a note which says: The titles "Ingredients" and "Contains" in bold type. Outside and to the left of the box is a square bracket with a note which says: Minimum type height requirements.

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