At M&S we have a clear and honest approach to food labelling. We aim to provide clear information to help you make informed choices about what you're eating.
There will be some changes to the nutrition and allergen information displayed on our products and you may begin to notice these across our stores. These changes are due to new European laws for food and drink labelling. It will take a few months to change all our labels, so you may see both our old and new labels in store for a period of time until all have been changed.
We provide quick 'at a glance' nutrition information on the majority of our products colour coding key nutrients. Nutrients are colour coded based on criteria set by the Department of Health and are either red (high), amber (medium), or green (low) for fat, saturates, sugars and salt.
Choosing foods which are mostly greens and ambers can help you to balance your diet whilst still enjoying foods with some reds for these nutrients on occasion. To find out more about how to follow a healthy balanced diet, please click here.
This front of pack label also provides the amount of each nutrient and the percentage it provides of your recommended daily intake (referred to as Reference Intake) to help you put foods into perspective of your daily diet.
Information is also provided for energy in both kcal (kilocalories) and kJ (kilojoules) per 100g and per portion. Both these terms are used to measure the energy food provides - 1 kcal is roughly 4 kJ.
The above colour coded label can be found across most of our foods, however for smaller pack sizes where space is limited you will see an energy only label. Full nutrition information can still be found on the back of pack.
Key nutrients are colour coded as either red (high), amber (medium) or green (low) to help you chose foods which are right for your diet. Colour coding is based on the below criteria set by the Department of Health.
|Green (low)||Amber (medium)||Red (high)|
|Fat||3g or less per 100g||3g to 17.5g per 100g||More than 17.5g per 100g||More than 21g per portion|
|Saturates||1.5g or less per 100g||1.5g to 5.0g per 100g||More than 5.0g per 100g||More than 6.0g per portion|
|Sugars||5.0g or less per 100g||5.0g to 22.5g per 100g||More than 22.5g per 100g||More than 27g per portion|
|Salt||0.3g or less per 100g||0.3g to 1.5g per 100g||More than 1.5g per 100g||More than 1.8g per portion|
There will be some changes to the colours previously seen on pack due to changes in the criteria for each colour, however the recipes for these products have not changed.
For a healthy balanced diet, try to choose products that are mostly greens and ambers and enjoy foods with more reds on occasion or in smaller portions.
On the back of our food and drink packaging we provide the nutrition information per 100g. The majority of our products also display per portion information where space allows.
Reference intakes (previously called Guideline Daily Amounts) are derived from current Government dietary recommendations for an average adult.
These figures are provided as a daily guideline for healthy adults. They can help you to make healthier choices by making it easier for you put the nutritional content of the food you're eating into the context of your overall diet. They're not meant to be used as targets as people have individual requirements depending on many factors including size and activity levels.
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