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EFTA Adopts EU Regulation on Labelling of Foodstuffs

31 October 2014

EUROPE - The European Economic Area EFTA States have incorporated the EU regulation on the labelling of foodstuffs into the EEA Agreement.

The new regulations on labelling foods are part of 68 legal acts that have been adopted by the EFTA states.

The regulation repeals existing legislation by merging the Directive on the Labelling, Presentation and Advertising of Foodstuffs with the Directive on Nutrition Labelling for Foodstuffs.

It also changes existing legislation on food labelling, including:

  1. Mandatory nutrition information on processed foods;
  2. Highlighting of allergens such as peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients (requirements also cover non pre-packed foods, including those sold in restaurants and cafés);
  3. Better legibility, i.e. minimum size of text.

The aim of the regulation is to label foodstuffs in such a way that consumers have easy access to information. In order to make informed choices when buying products, consumers should have essential, legible, and comprehensible information at their disposal.

This regulation applies to food business operators at all stages of the food chain. It covers all foodstuffs intended for the end consumer, including those served by mass caterers, or intended for supply to mass caterers.

Pictured above at the signing of the agreement are Stefaan De Rynck, Gianluca Grippa (Head of division, Western Europe Unit) and Václav Navrátil, European External Action Service.

 

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