What information will I find on a food label?

Food label

In general:

The information in black is required on a food label. The information in red is voluntary and manufacturers can decide whether or not they want to print it.

Here are a few exceptions:

1. The information in red (voluntary information) becomes mandatory
if a manufacturer makes a claim about it.


If a company claims a product is ‘high in potassium’, then the amount of potassium is required on the food label, even though it would otherwise be voluntary information.

2. Some information in black (required information) becomes voluntary if there is a very small amount of it in the product.


If a product contains a very small amount of protein, protein may not be listed on the food label but a footnote will explain * not a significant source of protein.

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