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  • Best-before date indicates how long food will remain of good quality – food may still be safe to eat after this date.
  • Do not eat food after the use-by date because it may be unsafe to eat.
  • Ingredients are listed on products in descending order by weight so that the first ingredient listed is always present in the largest amount and can be useful when comparing products. Fats, sugars and salt may be listed under several different names.
  • Using the 'per 100g' or 'per 100mL' column of the nutrition information panel on food packages is the best way to compare similar products.
  • Some terms and symbols used by manufacturers can be misleading but nutrition claims and health claims on food labels must meet strict guidelines.
  • Percentage Daily Intake (%DI) and Health Star Rating (HSR) symbols on labels can be useful to measure nutrient amounts of some products, provided they are used correctly, and their limitations are understood.

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Reviewed on: 02-05-2024