how to read a label
Nearly every food product requires a label with specific information that tells us what's in it, how to handle it, and where it has come from, to help us make healthy and safe food choices.
See Labels & the law for a list of everything that should be included on a food label.
Ingredients & Nutrition
The ingredients list and Nutrition Information Panel tell us about allergens, additives, fats and the quantity of basic nutrients.
Interactive food label
Give our interactive food label a spin to understand more about labels.
Country of origin
The country or countries where a food was grown, manufactured or packaged must appear on the label.
Directions for use
Directions for use must be included when there are health and safety reasons for doing so.
Alcohol labels must state the number of standard drinks and % of alcohol, and comply with general labelling laws.
Fresh or unpackaged food
While some fresh or unpackaged food does not require a label, a retailer must, if asked, provide certain information.