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Food Labelling Regulations


Food labelling regulations are very specific; every food label must:

  • not be misleading
  • be accurate, clear and easy to understand
  • not suggest that the food prevents, treats or cures a human disease
  • have indelible information

Certain information must be included on all food labelling:

  • The name of the food
  • a list of ingredients
  • information on allergens
  • the quantity of certain ingredients or categories of ingredients
  • the net quantity
  • the appropriate date mark
  • any special storage conditions and/or conditions of use
  • a suitable name and address;
  • particulars of the country of origin or place of provenence (when specifically required by Article 26)
  • instructions for use (if necessary)
  • for alcoholic beverages with more than 1.2{1ef24f55497b80adabb5dbaf0f8c096e850d35c9570387e262f8ce6e245f73d8} alcohol, the alcoholic strength
  • a nutrition declaration

Food Labelling Regulations require extra food labelling information is required in specific circumstances:

Circumstance Solution
Foods whose durability has been extended by means of packaging gases ‘Packaged in a protective atmosphere’
Foods containing sweeteners Specifically mention it alongside the food name
Beverages with high caffeine content ‘High caffeine content. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breast-feeding women’
Beverages with added caffeine ‘Contains caffeine. Not recommended for children or pregnant women’
100 mg/kg or 10 mg/l or above of glycyrrhizinic acid or its ammonium salt ‘Contains liquorice’
4 g/kg or above of glycyrrhizinic acid or its ammonium salt ‘Contains liquorice – people suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption’
50 mg/l or above of glycyrrhizinic acid or its ammonium salt (or of 300 mg/l or above in the case of beverages containing more than 1,2 {1ef24f55497b80adabb5dbaf0f8c096e850d35c9570387e262f8ce6e245f73d8} by volume of alcohol) ‘Contains liquorice – people suffering from hypertension should avoid excessive consumption’
Alcoholic drinks Mention the percentage of alcohol per volume
Foods containing genetically modified ingredients E.g. ‘prepared from genetically modified ‘soya”
Frozen meat Date of freezing/first freezing

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