South Korea: New Food Labeling Rules from 2017

Posted By: Selerant RSA

On January 14, 2016 Korean Food and Drug Safety Ministry (MFDS) released a draft amendment to the current nutrition labelling rules, in order to make the food information more consumer friendly.

The draft will be open for comments between January 14 and February 3, 2016. The new legislation is accepted to come into force on January 1, 2017.

These are the changes that will be introduced in the labelling rules:

  1. The word ‘provide capacity per time’ will be deleted, ‘provide standard capacity per time’ and ‘nutrient standard value’, is to be replaced with ‘reference intake value per day’ and ‘daily nutrient content standard value’.
  2. The sequence of nutrient labelling will be changed to Sodium, Carbohydrate, Sugar, Fat, Trans fat, Saturate fat, Cholesterol and Protein.
  3. The unit and the method of marking will be modified, replacing phrases ‘provide per time’, ‘per 100g’, ‘1 package’ with ‘total amount of contents (1 package)’.
  4. Heat calculation standard will be included for allulose.
  5. Nutrition labeling method of bulk food is to be modified.
  6. The wording ‘nutrition ingredients’ are to be changed to ‘nutrition information’.

More information can be found here