No added sugar

The Claims Regulation specifies the following conditions of use for the nutrition claim "no added sugar":

  • A claim stating that sugars have not been added to a food, and any claim likely to have the same meaning for the consumer, may only be made where the product does not contain any added mono- or disaccharides or any other food used for its sweetening properties.

Finnish Food Authority interprets this to mean sweet foods, such as honey or juice. If sugars are naturally present in the food, the following indication should also appear on the label: "contains naturally occurring sugars".

According to Finnish Food Authority's interpretation, the use of a sweetener does not prevent the use of the nutrition claim "no added sugar" as long as the product and the information provided on it are otherwise in compliance with the Regulation. When using sweeteners, it should be remembered that pursuant to legislation concerning additives, their use is only permitted in certain foods.

Page last updated 11/9/2018