European Food Information to Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 (FIC)
The new EC Food Information Regulations (EU 1169/2011), which include nutritional information was first introduced on 13th December 2014 and will now become mandatory from 13th December 2016. This new regulation will replace the previous food labeling regulations.
The new food labeling regulation replaces directive 90/496/EEC of 1990 and directive 2000/13/EC. The new regulation makes nutrition labeling mandatory, and instructs food manufacturers to provide information on the energy value and 6 nutrients; fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt – in this order and expressed per 100 g or per 100 ml of product. In addition values can be expressed on a per portion basis. Further nutrients (i.e. monounsaturates, polyunsaturates, polyols, starch, fibre, vitamins and minerals) can be included voluntarily.
The mandatory back of pack declaration will now comprise of: energy (kJ, kcal), fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein & salt and must also be included on any webpage or catalog prior to completion of purchase.
Key new requirements:
Here’s a full list of mandatory requirements for food product labels as of Dec 13th 2016
The Regulations say that general average nutritional values for ingredients can be used to calculate nutritional information for products. DEFRA (the Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs) guidance states that data from McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods can be employed for this purpose. (use the link to use this data set to calculate your own Nutritional Information.
Guidance on providing ‘front of pack’ labelling in line with UK government 2013 recommendation can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/front-of-pack-nutrition-labelling-guidance
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Technical Guidance on Nutrition Labeling can be found Read More
Technical Guidance on Providing Compliant Front of Pack labeling: Read More
Clear Food Labeling Guide: Read More
FoodDrinkEurope have produced a detailed guidance document to help you understand the requirements of the new regulations. Download Here
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