Q: What is a 'serve' in the 'Occasional' food and drink criteria table?
A: A serve is the size of the food or drink as sold or provided. It refers specifically to the pack size as sold or provided. This may be different to the serve size listed on the nutrition information panel.
For example, a 500ml drink sold in a bottle lists the serve size as 250mls and includes two servings per pack. In this example, the energy (kilojoules) and sodium in the whole 500ml pack must be assessed against the 'Occasional' food and drink criteria table under the 'sugar-sweetened drinks and ices' category. An example of how to compare a snack food item against the criteria is given on page 18 of the Smart Choices strategy.
Q: Why isn't there a sugar level in the nutrient criteria?
A: The 'Occasional' Food and Drink Criteria Table does not include a total sugar criteria. To keep the criteria as simple as possible and to ensure that foods containing naturally occurring sugars such as dairy products and fruit were not disadvantaged, no specific sugar criteria have been included. However, by setting a limit on the total kilojoule content of the product, the amount of sugar that can be added is limited. All types of confectionery, and many snacks and sugar sweetened drinks will fall into the RED category.