Should the RDIs in the Food Standards Code align with those in the Nutrient Reference Values?

When making vitamin and mineral claims, it is a legal requirement in Australia and New Zealand to include the percentage recommended dietary intake (RDI) in the nutrition information panel on the food product label. Currently, the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code prescribes RDIs for children aged 1 to 3 years, infants and the general population (being children aged more than 3 years and adults). This article compares the RDIs in the Food Standards Code and those in the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) and discusses the work currently being undertaken by FSANZ in relation to RDIs, and the question ofimprovingthe alignment between the Food Standards Code and the NRVs.

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