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To be sure that food is okay to eat: If an ingredient (other than an allergen or additive) makes up less than five per cent of the food, it does not have to be listed.Where there are very small amounts of multi-component ingredients (less than five per cent), it is permitted to list ‘composite’ ingredients only: for example, it may say ‘chocolate’ (rather than cocoa, cocoa butter and sugar) in a choc chip ice cream.
Standard 1.2.7 Nutrition, health and related claims controls the use of content claims on food labels.
By contrast, foods that should not be consumed after a certain date for health and safety reasons must have a ‘use-by’ date and cannot be sold after that date.
You will find ‘use-by’ dates on perishables such as meat, fish and dairy products.
Food additives are given in the ingredient list according to their class, which is followed by a chemical name or number.
For example: The same food additive numbering system is used throughout the world.Some foods carry the date they were manufactured or packed, rather than a ‘use-by’ date, so you can tell how fresh the food is.