Food Information to Consumers Regulation
Food labelling is an important means of providing essential information to
consumers on the composition of products and the methods of storage and
etc. and identifying the manufacturer or other responsible business. The amount
of information required by law to be given on food labels should be kept to
essential requirements. Additional information can also be provided
on-label or by other means such as consumer leaflets, company websites and
FDF welcomed the new Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on the provision of food
information to consumers which consolidated and updated two areas of labelling
legislation – general food and nutrition labelling - into a single text. This
has made it easier to understand and apply the labelling rules in a way that is
across the European Union.
Food labelling is an area of EU legislative competence and Member States are
generally prohibited from imposing more detailed requirements (e.g. on origin
labelling or nutrition labelling).
The new Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to
consumers entered into force on 13 December 2011.It consolidated and updated
areas of labelling legislation - into a single text:
Directive 2000/13/EC on general food labelling.
Directive 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling.
It also introduced a number of new requirements including:
- a minimum font size for mandatory information
- mandatory back-of-pack nutrition labelling;
- an extension to the rules for the origin labelling for fresh meat of pork, lamb
- a clearer indication of allergens in the ingredient list
- indication of the vegetable origin for vegetable oil
The new rules applied
from 13 December 2014. The obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016 for manufacturers who have yet to introduce nutrition labelling on their
products whereas manufacturers who already provide nutrition information must
with the new rules from December 2014.
FDE and Eurocomerce have prepared joint guidance on the EU FIC. This should be
read in conjunction with the EU FIC and the EC Q and A.
Last reviewed: 07 Mar 2017