Food Information for Consumers EU Regulations 1169/2011 came into Force Dec 2014, it combines 2 older directives ‘The labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs 2000/13/EC and Nutriton labelling for Food Stuffs 90/496/EC into one. The focus is to make information for consumers as clear and easy to read as possible.
Avena Consultants has noted the key changes to be:
RDAs for vitamins and minerals are to be replaced by NRV (Nutrient Reference Values) and GDA for macronutrients will also be replaced by RI (reference intake).
Minimum font size: 1.2mm (lower case), 0.9mm for packaging less than 80cm2
Allergen Labelling: 13 key allergens, e.g soya and milk must be emboldened or highlighted in some way on the list of ingredients.
Warnings: must be either boxed or highlighted in a different colour.
Oils: must state what type they are, e.g instead of just vegetable oil, one would state the exact type e.g sunflower oil.
Caffeinated products must have the warning ‘contains caffeine, Not recommended for children or pregnant women’
Nutritional information must follow a new table order and this part will be enforced by 2016.
Online or distance selling now must provide the mandatory food information required on labels to also be available on the websites, so the consumer is informed at the point of purchase.
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