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Traffic Light Panel
Cals, Sugar etc (gms)
Field of Vision
Certain information must appear together in the same 'field of vision'- the product name, net quantity and date mark indication. 'Field of vision' is taken to mean that this information should be visible simultaneously.
This must be the name laid down by law (e.g. 'jam', 'butter', 'milk chocolate'), a customary name (e.g. 'Spotted Dick', 'Custard Cream Biscuits') or a descriptive name ('Chicken in a White Wine Sauce'). Descriptive names should be precise enough to indicate the product's true nature, and to distinguish it from other similar foods.
Clear labelling logos are provided to highlight the nutritional benefit where appropriate. Click here for more information IllustrationsThe use of illustrations must not mislead the consumer. QUID declarations may be triggered if emphasis is given to any particular ingredient.
These are given to help keep the food fresh. Use by Date These are required for foods that are highly perishable (e.g. sandwiches, ready meals). For other foods a best before date is given.
Average Weight System
The 'e' mark is applied next to the quantity declaration to indicate that the product has been packed under the average weight system.
Display Until Date
Not required by law, but the date is used by our stores for display and control purposes.
Minimum sizes are specified for quantity declarations (according to the weight/volume of the product). By law this information must be provided in metric.
Additives are generally declared by their function (e.g. 'Colour'), followed by their E number or description. We use the latter where the additive description is more widely recognised (such as citric acid). Bar CodingBar coding is not a legal requirement, but must conform to the standards of the International Article Numbering Association (IANA).
Information about the presence of key allergens is provided within the 'Contains' box. We have also taken a number of steps to safeguard our customers who are sensitive to nuts. If there is a potential risk to customers, the food packaging will carry a separate nut warning symbol. For more information on allergy and intolerances click here
Country of Origin
Information about the country of maufacture or packing is given for all our foods. We also show information for foods with fish, meat or poultry- origin information is only required by law for a few foods (such as beef, fish, fruit/vegetables).
QUID (Quantitative Ingredients Declaration)
The percentage of any characterising ingredients is declared. Ingredients mentioned in the description, associated with the product or emphasised by illustrations/wording are generally QUIDed.
Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)
A separate Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) panel is also provided to show how much fat, calories and salt men and women should be eating on an average day, as part of a balanced healthy diet- and how much a portion of the food contributes to the GDA. Where appropriate, the panel also carries '5-a-day' information about the vegetable or fruit content. Click here for more information
A symbol provided for customers to indicate that the packaging can be recycled. Name/ AddressOur contact details are provided just in case you have a query.
Comprehensive nutrition labelling is provided for Marks and Spencer food products. Health MarkingHealth marking is a legal requirement for certain foods (such as dairy, meat and fish products licensed under the EU hygiene rules), and is used by the enforcement authorities for traceability purposes.
Green Dot Scheme
An international symbol used to indicate our contribution to recovery schemes for packaging waste. IngredientsAll ingredients are listed, in descending order of weight. A full breakdown of the ingredients is provided- though this is not yet a legal requirement.