Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article Type: Food facts From: Nutrition & Food Science, Volume 41, Issue 6
The legislation aims to modernise, simplify and clarify food labelling within the EU. It will harmonise information rules for all food labels, including the list of ingredients, “best before” or “use by” dates and specific conditions of use. The new rules will also add a requirement to list key nutrition information on food packaging, in a mandatory “nutrition declaration”. Labels must also be made more legible. For producers and food business operators, this will reduce red tape and strengthen the single market.
Finally, the new rules streamline requirements for listing allergens, the country of origin, sources of vegetable oils, and other information designed to ensure that consumers are not misled (www.europarl.europa.eu/en/pressroom/content/20110628BKG22792/html/Food-labelling-what-the-new-EU-rules-will-mean).