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Nutritional Labelling Legislation 2016

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Following on from the changes last year, which we heavily covered here on our blog, there are a few additional changes to nutritional labelling legislation coming into force next year. From the 13th December 2016, nutrition information will become mandatory under EU Food Information to Consumers legislation.

The new nutritional labelling legislation makes nutrition labelling mandatory on pre-packaged food: It instructs food manufacturers to provide information on the energy value and 6 nutrients; fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt – in this order, and expressed per 100g or per 100ml of product. This information should be presented in a nutrition table (space permitting) in the same field of vision (most likely to be the back of the pack), and may, in addition, be expressed on a per portion basis.

textFor the majority of food packaging labels, a minimum font size of 1.2mm is required for all mandatory food information. Smaller packaging (with a largest surface below 80cm2) has a smaller minimum font size requirement of 0.9mm.

Additionally, voluntary information (e.g. slogans or claims) must not be presented in a manner that impinges on the presentation of mandatory information.

Nutritional Labelling Legislation Software

Positive ID Labels invested heavily last year, in developing software to help food manufacturers meet their obligations for nutritional labelling legislation.

In November 2016, we launched Nutridata, a nutrition calculation software system that allows food producers to compile nutrition information for their products.

This allows them to compile their ingredients, make recipes and then create products with nutrition values associated with them.

Positive ID Labels obviously thrives on providing labels for our customers. All of our labelling systems are supported by our own labelling manufacturing capability, ranging from as few as 5,000 to as many as 5,000,000 labels… and all at competitive prices.

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