According to Regulation No. 26 (8) of Food Regulations 1985, the label on a package of food to which amino acid or fatty acid or both have been added may bear claims that the food is enriched or supplemented with amino acid or fatty acid or both, and where such claim is made, it shall be expressed on the label in the following form or with other words of similar meaning:
“This food is (state the quality as aforesaid) with (state the amount in miligram) of (state whether amino acid, fatty acid or both).”
According to Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims, if a declaration is made of the amount of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a product, the amounts of all the four main types of fatty acid should be declaread as below:
|monounsaturated fatty acid||…..g|
|polyunsaturated fatty acid||…..g|
|docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)||…..g|
|saturated fatty acid||…..g|
|trans fatty acid||…..g|
Food Safety and Quality Division of Ministry of Health. (2010). Malaysia Guide to Nutrition Labelling and Claims.
Ministry of Health Malaysia. (2017). Food Regulations 1985. Regulation No. 26 (8).
According to the Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 182) B.E. 2541 (1998) Re: Nutrition Labelling, nutrient content claim and min-max limit of DHA are permitted as follow;
1) Nutrient content claims – words that are allowed to be used or claimed
Excellent source of
2) Min-max permitted limit of EPA + DHA is 200-250 mg/day. However, the amount of use is not yet announced as public.
Ministry of Public Health Thailand. (1998). Notification of the Ministry of Public Health (No. 182) B.E. 2541 (1998) Re: Nutrition Labelling.
According to A Handbook on Nutrition Labelling (Singapore), the guidelines for polyunsaturated fatty acids claims are as follows:
|Contains Polyunsaturated Fats Source of Polyunsaturates (or Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or Polyunsaturates) Presence of Polyunsaturates||– > 40% total fat shall be polyunsaturated fatty acids, < 20% total fat shall be saturated fatty acids and > 25% kilocalories shall be derived from fat|
|High in Polyunsaturated Fats (or Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids or Polyunsaturates)||– > 40% total fat shall be polyunsaturated fatty acids, < 20% total fat shall be saturated fatty acids and > 50% kilocalories shall be derived from fat|
|Increased Polyunsaturated Fats More Polyunsaturated Fats||– ≥ 25% more polyunsaturated fatty acids than the reference food*|
Health Promotion Board. (2015). A Handbook on Nutrition Labelling (Singapore).
According to GB 14488-2012 National Food Safety Standard for the Use of Nutritional Fortification Substances in Foods, DHA is allowed to be added to food products listed in table below:
|Food Category Number||Food Category (name)||Application Amount|
|01.03.02||Modulation milk powder (only for children)||≤ 0.5% (percentage of total fatty acids)|
|Modulation milk powder (only for pregnant and lying-in women)||300 mg/kg – 1000 mg/kg|
National Standards of People’s Republic of China. (2012). National Food Safety Standard for the Use of Nutritional Fortification Substances in Foods (GB14488-2012).
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