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Trading Law: New EU Food Information Regulation (FIR)

The purpose of the new EU Food Information Regulation (adopted September 2011) is to make food labelling easier to understand for consumers, by simplifying and streamlining current legislation on general food and nutrition labelling into a single EU regulation. Areas covered include allergens, nano-ingredients and imitation foods as well as the presentation of nutrition information on-pack.
The bulk of the requirements will come into full effect in 2014 and nutrition labelling becomes mandatory in 2016.
The Regulation repeals (amongst others) EC Directive 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling for foodstuffs and EC Directive 2000/13/EC on food labelling. These are used as a starting point and as a result many of the principles remain familiar, but there are some significant changes, covering:
- Wider scope – geographic and responsibilities for food business operators
- Presentation of information on pack – tighter provision re ‘misleading’ product descriptions and on minimum font sizes for display of mandatory information
- Country of Origin – tighter place of origin rules and extension of scope to fresh and frozen meat. Potential extension to include meat and dairy products, unprocessed foods and ingredients
- Name of the food – changes to descriptions including reference to ‘formed’, ‘frozen’, ‘defrosted’ and indications of foreign proteins and caffeine content
- Allergens information – more prominence through use of typeface or colour in the ingredients list; extension of declaration to non-packaged foods*
- Date of durability – tighter link of ‘use by’ to food safety.
 

There is further guidance on the FSA website at http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2011/dec/fir

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR VIDEO INTRODUCTION THE NEW EU FOOD INFORMATION REGULATION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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* Restaurants, sandwich bars, delicatessens, bakeries and other businesses selling unpackaged food are not currently required to declare all the allergens used in their food. The long implementation period is in order to allow businesses to put the necessary process and labelling systems in place. Sanctions for non-compliance include civil and criminal proceedings, not to mention the costs and damage to brand reputation should an incident occur. For more information about our Allergen management services click here.

NSF Services
- Full product specification management service

- Labelling, menu description and claims service

- End-to-end Allergen Management services

- Training and coaching services


 

Publications:

THE NSF-CMi Allergens Due Diligence Assessment (ADDA)

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