Aussie food nutrition calculator gets a makeover

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 29th September 2011

The Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing, Catherine King, today launched the new version of a popular Nutrition Panel Calculator (NPC) used by industry to provide important nutrition information on food labels.

Ms King said “the NPC has been available since 2001 and is the most popular feature on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website, attracting about 10,000 unique visitors per month”.

However, feedback received by FSANZ and the availability of new data meant it was time to give the NPC a makeover.

Some of the main features of the upgrade include incorporation of the latest Australian nutrient data and new ingredients. The new NPC includes nutrient data for about 80 commonly requested ingredients not previously available. These include gluten free flours, herbs, sugar alcohols and food additives containing sodium.

“Food names and descriptions have been revised along with energy equations to ensure energy values better reflect the energy content of certain foods,” Ms King said.

The makeover also includes an update of the NPC website which is now boasts an improved layout and presentation, better search function and new ‘save’ and ‘print’ functions.

 The NPC is an important tool for food producers and this new improved version will no doubt be welcomed by industry.