Regulation of Nutrition Labeling & Claims in Malaysia

A nutrition label is a listing of the level of nutrient(s) as displayed on the food label. It is meant to provide factual information about the nutritional content of product.

Local food manufacturers and distributors abide by the Malaysian Food Act 1983 and Food regulation 1985 which protect the public against health hazards and fraud in the preparation, sale and use of food.

A soft copy of the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985 may be obtained from the following webpage:

The Ministry of Health Malaysia has amended the Food Regulations on 29 September 2005 to make nutrition labelling compulsory for certain foods, as well as regulate health and nutrition claims.

The nutrients that must be declared on nutrition label are energy, protein, carbohydrate and fat. In addition, total sugars must also be declared for ready-to-drink beverages. In these regulations, ready-to-drink beverages include ready-to-drink soft drink, fruit and vegetable juices, ready-to-drink malted milk and flavoured milk. They do not include alcoholic beverages.

Preferably, nutrients in foods should be analyzed by laboratories accredited by the Department of Standard under the Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM).