Get to grips with new EU food labelling laws

30th January 2014 - Fine Cut

Food manufacturers are being urged to ensure they are familiar with new EU labelling legislation that is set to come into force on December 13th 2014.

Companies will be required to comply with the law from the end of this year and, with the deadline less than a year away, preparations need to be made to ensure food labelling is compliant.

Free advice about the regulations is available from Food Manufacture, which is hosting a one-hour webinar on Thursday February 20th, while Fine Cut is available to discuss labelling needs with companies affected by the new rules.

The event will take place at 11:00 GMT and will feature a number of experts in the field, including specialists from the Trading Standards Institute, Premier Foods, law firm DWF and Campden BRI.

DWF is acting as partner for the webinar and the firm’s Dominic Watkins will deliver legal advice about labelling, alongside Trading Standards Institute joint lead officer of food and nutrition Corinne Lowe, Campden BRI head of regulatory affairs Steve Spice and Alasdair Tucker, Premier Foods head of regulatory affairs and chairman of the Food and Drink Federation’s Food Law & Labelling Committee.

Topics that will be covered during the online broadcast include preparing for the Food Information Regulation (FIR) and how the rules will be policed, with attendees able to ask the panel questions. Places can be booked online and questions can be submitted in advance.

New legislation under EU Regulation 1169/2011 has been drawn up in a bid to improve identification and traceability throughout the food chain and improve overall labelling of products.

It is hoped that the EU labelling regulations will help to reduce levels of food fraud on the continent, as they include mandatory origin labelling of all unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry, as well as information about nutrition and allergens.

The FIR requires businesses to provide clear labelling of produce regarding its origin in a bid to prevent issues arising such as the 2012 horsemeat scandal, which affected products labelled as beef.

Requirements are also included in the rules relating to legibility in order to enhance communication with consumers, including details such as a minimum size of text for labelling.

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