New Food Labelling Regulations
A new EU Regulation on food labelling will amend current food labelling laws in the United Kingdom. The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, will replace the Food Labelling Regulations 1996.
The new Regulation will help to make food labels clearer and also improve nutritional and allergen information to consumers.
The Regulation entered in to force on 13 December 2011 and states that the provisions do not have to be applied until the following dates:
- 1 January 2014 – For the rules on the composition and labelling of minced meat.
- 13 December 2014 – general labelling rules (including allergens), and if provided, a nutrition declaration must use the format set out in Regulations.
- 13 December 2016 – rules on mandatory nutrition declaration needed for most pre-packed food.
The new Regulation applies to food businesses at all stages of the food chain. It will apply to all food intended for the final consumer, including foods delivered by mass caterers, and food intended for supply to mass caterers.
Many provisions will remain unchanged, there are significant changes being introduced that will mean most Food Business Operators will be affected in some way.
The changes include:
- mandatory nutrition labelling on pre-packaged food;
- more country of origin labelling;
- improved date marking (including date of first freezing);
- clarity and legibility of food information;
- labelling of non pre-packed foods;
- allergen information, including on food sold loose and in restaurants, cafes etc.
It will also introduce improvement notices which can be issued by Enforcement Officers for failure to comply with some sections of the Regulations. Failure to comply with the improvement notice will be considered a criminal offence.
As a Food Business Operator you can choose to comply earlier if you wish, for example if you are redesigning your labels.
Please see the links below for further information or alternatively you can contact the Environmental Health Department by using the contact details provided in the contact tab above.
To view the Environmental Health Department Fact Sheet (PDF), titled 'New Food labelling Regulations: Food Information Regulations 2014.' please click here
External Links: Please note: The Isle of Wight Council is NOT responsible for any external links provided
The Europa Union website provides access to 'The Regulation 1169/2011' it can be viewed by clicking here (PDF).
The Food information Regulations 2014 Guide to Compliance produced by DEFRA can be viewed on the GOV.UK website by clicking here (PDF).
The Food Standards Agency has produced online training and reference material which are available on their website to visit the site please click here.
A further source of useful information is the Reading Law Site. The sites intention is to help small and medium sized food businesses who may have limited access to legal Claims. Click here for examples of labels.
Click here to visit the European Commission website which provides the register for the EU permitted Health and Nutrition Claims.
Click here for an online training programme produced by the Food Standards Agency.