Codex Alimentarius Revises Nutrition Labelling Guideline

Posted By: Selerant RSA


Codex Alimentarius has published a new revision for guidelines on nutrition labelling, CAC/GL 2-1985.



Nutrition labeling guideline was first published 25 years ago, in 1985.  The European Community and its Member States (ECMS) supported the adoption of the WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAH) in 2004. This provided further impetus to Codex to further work on this area to provide useful nutrition information on food packages to help consumers in food choices.

The ECMS believe that clear and easily understandable nutrition labelling provides important information for consumers and can help them in choosing a healthy diet. Therefore, this area of activity, within the mandate of the Codex Alimentarius, is relevant in relation to providing the consumer with information on the nutrient content of foods. Such information, when put together with knowledge acquired through educational activities, can raise consumers overall awareness and understanding of the influences of diet on health.

What are the changes in the new revision?


Nutrition Labelling Guideline, CAC/GL 2-1985 was amended in order to update the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for certain vitamins and minerals.

*The selection of this for the establishment of an NRV was based on “high quality” evidence for a relationship with a biomarker for NCD risk in adults as reported in the respective 2012 WHO Guidelines on sodium and potassium intake for adults and children

Note: The value for Copper has still not been established.

Selerant Compliance Cloud Labeling Guide will soon be revised to be aligned with the latest Codex revision. As usual, you will be available to access it in Regdata™ Database shortly.