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Vietnam Nutrition and Labelling Claims_2015

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Updates on Nutrition Labeling and Claims Regulations in Vietnam by the Vietnam Food and Drug Administration.
Presented at the 9th Seminar on Nutrition Labeling, Claims and Communication Strategies, August 4 ~ 5 August, Manila, Philippines.

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Vietnam Nutrition and Labelling Claims_2015

  1. 1. L/O/G/O NUTRITION LABELING AND CLAIMS REGULATIONS IN VIETNAM 2015 Vietnam Food AdministrationVietnatnatnam Food Administrationoodood rationrationion
  2. 2. Contents Vietnamese legislations on food labeling Nutrition labeling and plan in the future
  3. 3. Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling Decree No 89/2006/ND-CP of the Government stipulates the content, how to label and state management of labels of goods circulated in Vietnam, exported and imported goods.
  4. 4. The foods labeling must contain the mandatory contents as following: • The name of the food; • The name and address of organizations and individuals responsible for foods; • Origin of foods; • Quantities; • Net weight; • Date of manufacture; • Expiration Date, Best before Date; • List of ingredients or quantitative ingredients declaration; • Information, alert on food hygiene and safety; • Instructions for use, storage instructions. The foodsfofo labelingbebe muststst containn the mandatoryndnd contencontcont Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  5. 5. Food labeling
  6. 6. Decree No. 100/2014/ND-CP stipulates on trade and use of nutrional products for infants, bottles and artificial breast sucking, including: ÿ It must mention exactly the age of children using the product; ÿ The nutritional information of products; ÿ Not using languages, images that the products having quality equal to or better than the breastmilk. Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  7. 7. Product for children from 4 - 6 years old
  8. 8. The Food Safety Law 2010 stipulates: ÿ Organizations and individuals producing and importing food, food additives and processing aids in Vietnam shall have to implement the foods labeling in complying with the laws on labelling of goods. ÿ For the date of minimum durability of food to be represented on the labels, depending on category of products, shall be recorded with phrase "hạn sử dụng" [expiration date], "sử dụng đến ngày" [using until date] or "sử dụng tốt nhất trước ngày" [best before ….]. Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  9. 9. ÿ For functional food, food additives, irradiated food, genetically modified food shall comply the following provisions: + For functional food, the phrase “functional food” must be recorded and it is not permitted to express in any forms that its effect replaces medicine. + For food additives, the phrase “food additives” and other information on scope of use, doses and use methods must be recorded. + For irradiated food, the phrase “irradiated food” must be recorded; + For genetically-modified food, the phrase “genetically modified food” must be recorded. + For food with variety of components having the presence of genetically-modified component, it should indicate this GM component. + For food with added nutrients such as vitamins, mineral salts, substances having bioactive must compare to the Recommended Nutrient Intakes for each certain group. ÿ For functionalnn foodoo food additivesss irradiatedee food gegg Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  10. 10. Functional food
  11. 11. Functional food
  12. 12. Circular No. 43/2014/TT-BYT stipulate on management of functional foods Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  13. 13. Joint Circular No. 34/2014/TTLT-BYT- BNNPTNT-BCT Guidelines for the labelling of prepackaged foods, food additives and food processing aids Vietnamese legislations on foods labeling
  14. 14. - At present, regulations on the labeling of pre- packed foods in Vietnam is voluntary, while referring to the nutrition labeling based on regulations of the current Laws of Vietnam on the foods labeling and also refer to the provisions of Codex on nutrition labeling. Nutrition labeling
  15. 15. Nutrition labeling In the “Joint Circular No. 34/2014/TTLT- BYT-BNNPTNT-BCT Guidelines for the labelling of prepackaged foods, food additives and food processing aids”: Encourages organizations and individuals to nutrition labeling information as instructed by the Committee of international food standards (Codex)
  16. 16. Some recommendations on comparative nutrition labeling permitted: 1. Energy: - Low calories: 40 kcal (170kJ) per 100g (solids) or 20 kcal (80kJ) per 100 ml (liquids). - No calories: 4 kcal per 100 ml (liquids). Nutrition labeling
  17. 17. 2. Fat: - Low fat content: 3 g per 100g (solids) or 1.5 g per 100 ml (liquids) - No fat: 0.5 g per 100 g (solids) or over 100 ml (liquid) 3. Sugar: - No sugar: 0.5 g per 100 g (solids) or 0.5 g per 100 ml (liquids). Nutrition labeling
  18. 18. 4. Sodium: - Less sodium: 0.12 g per 100 g. - Very low sodium: 0.04 g per 100 g. - No sodium: 0.005 g per 100 g Nutrition labeling
  19. 19. Product “Non Lactose”
  20. 20. Challenges in Nutrion labeling • Declaration: difficult to declare because it’s not easy to calculate the total of each nutrition’s factors • Consumers: don’t understand clearly about labeling and nutrition labeling so they can’t choose suitable products • Management: difficult to manage and supervise products • The limitation of machines, laboratory conditions, etc.
  21. 21. • Getting more informations and sharing from countries • General principle: Hamonization with Codex and ASEAN guidelines Plan in the future
  22. 22. Cooperating with countries
  23. 23. L/O/G/O Thank you for your attention ! Vietnam Food AdministrationVietnatnatnam Food Administrationoodood rationrationion

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