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Food labels become clearer

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The new European regulations on labelling that came into force in December 2014 aim at helping consumers understand it more easily, primarily thanks to the use of texts with larger typefaces, visibly inserted within the larger surface area of the package.

But that’s not all, here are the other rules that will have to be complied with when creating labels:

– The expiry date will have to be displayed on each single pre-packaged portion and not just on the outer packaging.

– The list of ingredients will have to state prominently: the use of allergenic substances or that cause food intolerances identified by law, the use of hydrogenated fats and the origin of the vegetable oils used.

– With regards to information on the producer or importer, these will have to be comprehensively detailed, whereas it will no longer be compulsory to indicate the production plant of the food. Information concerning the origin of the product is now compulsory only when omitting it might mislead the consumer as to its provenance.

The processing of the product must be indicated explicitly in the case of thawing products, sausages, products enriched with water and reconstituted.

– Meat and fish shall bear on the package the place of rearing and slaughtering or catching techniques.

– Foods that contain replacement ingredients will state them clearly on the label next to the product’s name.

– In December 2016 it will also become compulsory to provide in the label information on energy intake per 100 g or 100 ml of product, as well as the amount of fatty and saturated acids, carbohydrates, sugars, sodium and proteins.

This topic will be dealt with and discussed along with other food issues on the occasion of EXPO2015: the ever more demanding consumers will be happy to be able to identify at a glance the products that are most suited to their needs, through more precise labelling.