On the 13th December 2014, the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) will come into force.
The requirements are listed below:
- Mandatory nutrition information on processed foods;
- Mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry. Beef, fish, honey, olive oil, fresh fruit and vegetables already require this;
- Highlighting allergens e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients;
- Better legibility – minimum size of text, the height of the lowercase letter ‘x’ in the chosen font must not be less than 1.2mm on the labelling;
- Requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafés.
The nutritional information requirement will only apply from 13th December 2016. However, manufacturers who already provide nutrition information must comply with the new rules by 13th December 2014.
It is required that all allergen information is emphasised on the labelling. Any of the 14 allergens outlined in the regulation need to be emphasised on the labelling if they are present in the food. The allergens need to be clearly distinguished from the rest of the list of the ingredients.
The allergens need to be specifically emphasised to consumers by methods such as bold, italics, highlighting or underlining. This is needed to ensure no consumers are unsure about the ingredients of the product and the allergen information. Also, you can no longer state that you don’t know if an allergen is present and you can no longer state that all foods “could” contain allergens. Therefore, new labelling outlining the ingredients is required.
The size of a letter ‘x’ needs to be greater than 1.2mm on the labelling. The fonts below need to be a minimum of those sizes to meet the demands.
Therefore, you will need new labels for all your food products. Here at Positive ID we can supply labels to fit the new regulations from December 2014 onwards. These regulations must be met otherwise it can lead to prosecution. Therefore, buying new labels is a MUST!
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This labelling news was spotted at pid-labelling.co.uk
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