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food information regulation agreed, but the saga continues!

28 June 2011

The EU council has given its ‘green light’ to the European Parliament after a provisional agreement on the regulation was reached last week. Parliament will vote on the regulation on 5 July 2011.

The regulation will, amongst other things, extend compulsory country of origin labelling, create new requirements in relation to allergens, vegetable oils and imitation foods, and create a new ‘mandatory nutrition declaration’.

Proposals in relation to trans fats, and the further extension of country of origin labelling have been left in the hands of the commission to assess further. To add to this the EUFIC only yesterday released a report questioning whether consumers make healthier choices as a result of nutrition information on packaging.

Businesses may therefore find themselves further amending their labelling not long after the current proposals come into effect.

If approved, businesses will have 3 years to adapt to the new rules, and then a further 2 years to apply the ‘mandatory nutrition declaration’.

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