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Nutrition

We are seeking views and evidence from consumers and industry on the current UK ‘multiple traffic light’ label as part of a four-nation consultation.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Northern Ireland (NI) has launched an integrated marketing campaign across NI to encourage people to ‘Check the Label.’ The campaign is designed to educate and motivate consumers to make healthier informed choices when food shopping by looking at nutritional labels on pre-packed foods.
Key findings of a survey reveal some scones produced in Northern Ireland can be in the region of 750 calories and contain the equivalent to ten sugar cubes.

Business guidance

Guidance for food businesses on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.

Guidance for pizza restaurants and takeaways on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
Guidance for food businesses on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
Guidance for Italian restaurants and takeaways on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
Guidance for Indian and South Asian restaurants and takeaways on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
Guidance for Chinese restaurants and takeaways on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
Guidance on healthier catering tips for chip shops.
Guidance for sandwich shops on providing and promoting healthier food and drink.
MenuCal is a free online tool which helps food businesses put allergen and calorie information on the menu.
It is mandatory for nutrition information to be declared on prepacked food. In Northern Ireland, the FSA is responsible for nutrition labelling. District Councils enforce these regulations in Northern Ireland.
What Calorie Wise scheme is, how it can benefit your food business and how you can join.
The nutrient profiling model is a tool to separate foods which are high in fat, saturated fat, salt or sugar. The model is used by Ofcom to regulate food advertising aimed at children.
In Northern Ireland, we have collected insight to inform and strengthen partnerships and develop effective policy responses to tackle food poverty.
The Eatwell Guide makes healthy eating easier to understand by giving a visual representation of the types of foods and drinks we should consume and in what proportions to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Explains the Eating Well, Choosing Better programme and the goals this initiative aims to achieve.

Consumer guidance

How to use nutritional labels on pre-packed foods to find calorie, fat, saturates, sugars and salt content information.
The Eating Well, Choosing Better programme supports small to medium businesses who produce food to look at reducing portion sizes and ensuring healthy choices are more accessible for the consumer.
The use of folic acid in food products and how this impacts everyday diets.