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EU regulation to transform food labelling

Lorraine Eve evaluates how the EU Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers will affect the food industry

Background
One of the most important food and drink labelling developments in recent years came into force at the end of 2012. The introduction of EU Regulation No. 1169/2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers marks a paradigm shift in the food industry’s approach to labelling. Companies must now comply with mandatory food labelling guidelines, with the industry no longer applying its own voluntary food labelling requirements. Granted, this ruling has been several years in the pipeline, so it’s not a complete surprise, but it effectively means the vast majority of food labels currently on the market will need to be redesigned – which means serious cost implications for manufacturers and retailers.

Label facts
The new ruling introduces wide-ranging changes, spanning allergen, date of durability and country of origin labelling...

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