All Mother Earth products are free from GMO ingredients, artificial colours and flavours.
Our Nuts About bars are gluten free and made in a gluten free facility to ensure they are coeliac friendly.
Our nut range is not packaged in a certified gluten free facility.
Allergens are highlighted in bold text in the ingredient list on Mother Earth packaging.
There are also allergen statements under the ingredient list that tell you which allergens are contained in the packaged food, and which ones may be present.
You’ll see two statements, both of which are a legal requirement.
- Contains - means the allergens are in the food.
- May be present - means the allergens might be in the food.
No artificial colours or flavours means we only use colours or flavours that are derived from nature.
No preservatives means no preservatives have been added to prolong the life span of the product.
Health Star Rating is a voluntary labelling system, led by the New Zealand government, that scores the overall nutritional value and healthiness of packaged foods. The system is designed to help you compare foods across a food category, like muesli bars, for example. The ratings go from half a star to five stars – the more stars on the pack, the healthier the product.
Visit the New Zealand Food Safety website for more information: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-safety-home/how-health-star-ratings-work/
Each product’s Health Star Rating is calculated based on its composition of energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium, dietary fibre and protein, and the product’s fruit, vegetable, nut and legume content. The quantity of each of these components determines the number of stars.
The product’s star rating is shown by the number of stars, prominently displayed on the pack. It also shows the quantity of nutrients per 100g: energy, saturated fat, sugars, sodium and extra nutrient. The extra nutrient is an optional, and positive nutrient that can be added by the food company.
Food manufacturers choose to print the Health Star Rating on their packaging, it isn’t mandatory.
Visit the New Zealand Food Safety website for more information: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/food-business/labelling-composition-food-drinks/health-star-ratings-food-labelling/calculating-and-applying-health-star-ratings/#calculatearating
The nutrition information panel on packs tells you the average nutritional values per recommended serving size and per 100g. The values per 100g help you compare the nutritional value between different products. The form and contents of this panel are specified by New Zealand Food Regulations.
Fats are listed on the nutrition information panel in different groups, mainly saturated and unsaturated fats. Large quantities of saturated fat are best avoided. Unsaturated fats are a healthier type of fat, and there are two types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important polyunsaturated fat. They are found in plant form in certain nut types, like walnuts.
Sulphites have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties and are widely used in the food industry as an additive to preserve the quality and appearance of food. Sulphites occur naturally in the human body and in food, and are also produced by some microorganisms.