The ingredients list, like the mandatory nutrition labelling, is commonly found on the back or side of packaging.
It is a legal requirement to have an ingredients list, and all of the
ingredients used within
the product must be included. All ingredients used are listed in descending
The amount of an ingredient (as a percentage of the total) used in a
product will also be stated where:
- The ingredient (e.g. steak and kidney pie) or category of ingredients (e.g.
vegetable pasty) appears in the name of the food.
- It is usually associated with that name by the consumer e.g. lamb in a
- It is emphasised on the labelling in words, pictures or graphics e.g.
in a yogurt described as having 'chunks of real strawberry'.
- The ingredient is essential to characterise a food.
The ingredients list can help if someone wants to look for, or avoid, a
certain ingredient. For example:
Last reviewed: 11 Dec 2014
- The origin of vegetable oils and fats now need to be listed within the
ingredients. They might appear grouped together as 'vegetable oils' but the
types will be listed afterwards in brackets, like this: (e.g. palm, sunflower
- If someone has an allergy they can look at the ingredients list to see specific
ingredients. Common ingredients which can cause allergies now have to be marked
in some way so they stand out within the ingredients list.