Product Analysis and Nutritional Value

Product Analysis and Nutritional Value

Legally compliant labelling and analysis of your products

In Switzerland, foodstuffs are labelled in accordance with the Food Labelling Ordinance (Lebensmittelkennzeichnungsverordnung, LKV; SR 817.022.21). Declaration of nutritional values for foodstuffs is, at the moment not yet a general obligation here. The exception is products for which special characteristics (health claims) i.e. nutritional values and health related information are emphasised. Here, the regulations from Section 11a of the Food Labelling Ordinance (LKV) must be conformed with.

Are you looking for an accredited Swiss contract laboratory for the analysis of the nutritional values for your products? We will test for you in accordance with the Swiss Book of Foodstuffs (Schweizer Lebensmittelbuch, SLMB) and the Foodstuffs and Feed Code (Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch) using the latest methods. Quick, competent, reliable.

Do you have any question on the interpretation of the Food Labelling Ordinance (LKV) or do you require help in the evaluation of the test results? Then take advantage of our experience from more than 45 years of foodstuff analysis. 

 

We will be happy to advise you.

Read on here for more information or contact us.


Why a voluntary declaration of nutritional values?

Labelling of foodstuffs
Labelling of foodstuffs

The labelling of foodstuffs is playing an ever more important role in the purchasing decisions of consumers. The background for this is often the increasing level of awareness of health-relevant figures or ingredients, and the desire to be able to choose foodstuffs in relation to their individual requirements.

With EU Regulation 1169/2011 , it is expected that providing the nutritional values in the form of the “Big 7” will become mandatory after the 12th of December 2016. From 13th December 2014, information that is given voluntarily must conform to Regulation (EU) 1169/2011. The Swiss legislature will place similar requirements into the national law in the next revision. The change in the order of nutritional values and the statement about salt instead of sodium should be observed.

As a result, the foodstuff producing industry is currently setting up the corresponding testing and declaration for their products.

Who is responsible for the information on foodstuffs?

The manufacturer and the distributor are responsible for the correctness of the nutritional value information. The information must be truthful and must not be intended to deceive. (Ordinance on Foodstuffs and Consumer Products, Lebensmittel- und Gebrauchsgegenständeverordnung). Nowadays, it is common practice to indicate the nutritional value analyses corresponding to EU Regulation 1169/2011, to offer the consumer the maximum amount of information and transparency. Goods that are intended for export in the EU are also subject to the corresponding obligation for labelling.

Important information about nutritional values

In Switzerland, information is generally made available on the energy value, the amount of fats (unsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fats), carbohydrates, dietary fibre (fibres), sugar, proteins and sodium. Vitamins, minerals and other essential or physiologically useful substances are considered to be nutrients in terms of nutritional labelling for foodstuffs.

Which products already require a declaration of nutritional values?

When a manufacturer indicates that the product has particular nutritional value properties on the packaging or in advertisements, or makes a health claim for the health value of the product in relation to its nutritional values, then the corresponding regulations on labelling must be complied with. In Switzerland, the Ordinance of the Swiss Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) from the 23rd of November 2005 applies to special foodstuffs.

These parameters are contained on commonly used foodstuff packaging

Nutritional labelling for foodstuffs “The big 4”

 

Calorific value
Protein
Carbohydrates
Fat

Nutritional labelling for foodstuffs “The big 7”

 

Calorific value
Fat
- of those, fatty acids
Carbohydrates
- of those, sugar
Protein
Salt

Nutritional labelling for foodstuffs “The big 8”

 

Calorific value
Protein
Carbohydrates
- of those, sugar
Fat
- of those, fatty acids
Fibre
Sodium

Do you require additional information?

Please read the unabridged version in our technical article (see the right-hand column) or ask for advice from our customer services.


Our services in detail:

Fat extraction in accordance with Weibull-Stoldt
Fat extraction in accordance with Weibull-Stoldt
  • Consultation on the analysis of foodstuffs
  • Proteins and amino acids
  • Total fat and fatty acids
  • Carbohydrates
  • Energy value
  • Dietary fibre
  • Inulin
  • Sugar (Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose)
  • Starch
  • Water content
  • Ash
  • Table salt or sodium
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals / bulk and trace elements
  • Additional services are according to the directory of services or upon request

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Jörg Freudenberger State Certified Graduate Food Chemist

Tel. +41 58 434 42 00 Fax +41 58 434 42 01 service@ufag-laboratorien.ch

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