Understanding the New Food Labeling Regulations 2014
Understanding the New Food Labeling Regulations
We have had to update all our labels to conform with the new EU Food regulations wich are in force from December 2014. What is the purpose of these new regulations? To combine existing rules on general food labelling and nutrition into a single regulation To streamline current labelling legislation to ensure consistency across Europe To provide clear, comprehensive and legible labelling of foods To enable consumers to make an informed choice wherever they are buying food
The regulations cover allergen and ingredient labelling. The "contain" and "may contain boxes" have gone to be replaced by Allergen Advice. The ingredient box now has allergens being identified in bold. The allergen box can contain advice about the factory where the product is made.
Example Walnut & Blueberry Muffins Ingredients: Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin and Thiamin), Sugar, Rapeseed Oil, Walnut (12%), Blueberries (11%), Water, Egg, Humectant (E422), Modified Maize Starch, Milk Proteins, Raising Agents (E450, E501, E575), Whey Solids (Milk), Emulsifier (E475), Natural Flavouring, Salt, Stabiliser (E415). Allergy Advice: For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold.
Nutritional Labelling is not compulsory until 13th December 2016. The layout also changes. Front of pack traffic lights will be voulantry.