New food labelling regulations have been introduced, making it easier for people with food allergies to identify ingredients they need to avoid.
These new regulations mean that:
- Allergen information must be highlighted in the ingredients list on pre-packaged food.
- Allergen information must be made available to consumers for non pre-packaged foods (including catering).
- Country of origin or place of provenance: origin requirements will tighten and will also extended to fresh and frozen meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.
- 'Back of pack' nutritional labelling information will become mandatory on the majority of pre-packed foods. It will be possible to voluntarily repeat on ‘front of pack’ information about on nutrients such as fat, sugar and salt which affect public health. It will also be possible to provide voluntary nutrition information in the 'front of pack' format on food sold loose (such as on deli counters) and in catering establishments.
- Added water in certain meat and fishery products must be shown in the name of the food if it makes up more than 5% of the final product.
- There will be a minimum font size for mandatory information taking account of labelling sizes.
- The types of vegetable oil used in food, such as palm oil, must be stated on the label.
- Date of freezing must be shown on frozen meat, frozen meat preparations and frozen unprocessed fishery products.
- Drinks with high caffeine content must also be labelled as not recommended for children or pregnant and breastfeeding women, with the actual caffeine content quoted.
- If distance selling (for example online or to order) all mandatory information must be provided both before the purchase is concluded (except for durability date) and at delivery.
The Food Standards Agency are responsible for general food labelling, however, we enforce the legislation.
For further information contact
Food Team on 02871 253253