On the 13th December 2014, the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) will come into force bringing with them a wave of food labelling changes.
The food labelling changes are listed below:
The nutritional information requirement will only apply from 13th December 2016. However, manufacturers who already provide nutrition information must comply with the new rules by 13th December 2014.
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It is required that all allergen information is emphasised on the labelling. Any of the 14 allergens outlined in the regulations need to be emphasised on the labelling if they are present in the food. The allergens need to be clearly distinguished from the rest of the list of the ingredients.
The allergens need to be specifically emphasised to consumers by methods such as bold, italics, highlighting or underlining. This is needed to ensure no consumers are unsure about the ingredients of the product and the allergen information. Also, you can no longer state that you don’t know if an allergen is present and you can no longer state that all foods “could” contain allergens. Therefore, new labelling outlining the ingredients is required.
The size of a letter ‘x’ needs to be greater than 1.2mm on the labelling. The fonts below need to be a minimum of those sizes to meet the demands.
Therefore, you will need new labels for all your food products. Here at Positive ID Labels we can supply labels to fit the new regulations from December 2014 onwards. These regulations must be met otherwise it can lead to prosecution. Therefore, buying new labels is a MUST!
Call us on 01332 864895 or fill in the form and we can discuss your labelling needs