NRVs and food labelling

I’ve just discovered that fat labels show NRVs so it’s time to get up to date.

NRV stands for Nutrient ReNRV's Nutrient Reference Valueference Value.

It is a replacement term for RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) and you will see it on some products from December 2014 – a new European regulation.

NRV is a guideline of the minimum amount of a particular vitamin or mineral required by the average person to stay healthy

So instead of % RDA you will see %NRV’s.

Vitamin B3 is listed as Nicotinic acid.

Allergens are listed in bold.

Sodium will  be labelled salt.

Nutrition Expert is a useful website.


RDA’s (Recommended Daily Allowance) have now changed to NRV’s (Nutrient Reference Values). Instead of 100% RDA, you will now see 100% NRV. The values for RDA and NRV’s are exactly the same – NRV is a straight replace of RDA.

NRVs (Nutrient Reference Values) are a set of recommendations for nutritional intake based on currently available scientific knowledge. They state the level of intake of essential nutrients considered to be adequate to meet the known nutritional needs of practically all healthy people for the prevention of deficiencies, i.e the amount of vitamins and minerals you need to be consuming to prevent becoming ill.

Current (May 2016) Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) for vitamins and minerals as set in the EU can be seen below:

NRV minerals



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