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What is the ingredients list?

The ingredients list provides a list of all the ingredients that are contained in the package food.

The ingredients are listed in descending order - from the first ingredient (which is the the most amount in the packaged food) to the last ingredient (which is least amount in the packaged food).


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How is the ingredients list displayed?

The ingredients list is displayed on most food packages (other than those exempted by Food Standards Australia), somewhere near the nutrition label - usually above the nutrition label, but can be displayed elsewhere.

In Australia, there is a requirement to display the percentage of each ingredient item. This requirement was put in place to give consumers informed choices about the food they purchase.

An example of an ingredients list showing percentages is:

Nutrition label



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What is the purpose of showing the ingredients list?

The ingredients list is displayed so consumers know which foods (plus preservatives/colours/flavours) make up the food they are eating, plus the amount of each food.

This is especially important for those people who are selecting foods that have:


More information

To learn more, see Food Standards Australia.

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Last reviewed: 7 January 2007 || Last updated: 7 January 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of minerals supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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