EU Regulation 1169/2011: New Requirements On Food Labelling

Author:Ms Anna Masutti and Pierluigi Valle
Profession:LS LexJus Sinacta
 
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  1. Introduction and coming into effect

    Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers changes the existing regulatory framework on food labelling in Europe. Its applicability is subject to a several year time process. In fact, although it entered into force on 22nd November2011and some of its rules - i.e. Part B of Annex VI, "Specific requirements concerning the designation of 'minced meat'" - became applicable on 1st January 2014, the remaining provisions of the Regulation will be effective from 13th December 2014. Provisions concerning nutritional declaration are the exception and will apply from 13th December 2016.

    The complexity of these new provisions explains the long period of implementation, as food business operators may indeed encounter practical difficulties when conforming to the new requirements. Although guidance to help food businesses meet the requirements has been developed by the European Commission, in a report entitled "Questions and Answers on the application of the Regulation (EU) N° 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers" issued on 31st January 2013, many aspects of the new legislation remain unclear.

  2. Scope and Objectives

    This Regulation merges together Directives 2000/13/EC on the labelling of foodstuffs and 90/496/EEC on nutritional labelling in order to improve the level of consumer information and protection in Europe. It applies to food business operators at all stages of the food chain and to all foodstuffs intended for the final consumer, including those served by mass caterers, or to be delivered to mass caterers. For public health reasons, the new rules strengthen protection against allergens.

  3. New Provisions: Allergens

    Some small but significant changes compared to the previous legislative framework have been introduced and will become utterly compulsory from 13th December. A series of particulars will have to be included in labels in a concrete format-name of the food, a list and quantity of ingredients, list of allergens, date of minimum durability, storage conditions and/or conditions of use, name or business name and address of the food business operator or importer, etc.

    The operator under whose name or business name the food is marketed or the importer (if that operator is not established in the EU) will be responsible for the provision of information and must ensure its presence and accuracy. Where foodstuffs are pre-packed, information must appear on the...

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