South Korea’s food industry will have to follow new government labelling guidelines – part of Seoul’s strategy to encourage healthier eating by consumers.

Under the rules released by the ministry of health and welfare (MOHW) this week, manufacturers of snacks, processed foods and beverages will be required to display the sum of all monosaccharides and disaccharides in products. A starting date for the rule has not yet been announced.

The new requirement will be complemented by amendments to current nutrition labelling rules that will come into force on 1 January. The ministry of food and drug safety (MFDS) noted these changes will end the use of several terms describing the standard nutrient intake and serving units.

For example, ‘nutrient standard value’ will be replaced with ‘daily nutrient content standard value’; ‘per 100g’ and ‘one portion’ will be replaced with ‘total amount of contents in package.’

Meanwhile, nutrient labelling will have to note amounts of sodium, carbohydrate, sugar, fat, trans-fat, saturate fat, cholesterol and proteins in food products. Also, calorie calculations will take account of the amount of the sweetener allulose is used in ingredients. And bulk food products subdivided for retail must be labelled with nutritional information.

“Concise and standardised labelling is easier to understand and will thus help consumers making the right choices,” said a food and drug safety ministry note