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    Monday, 12 December 2016

    FSA Northern Ireland Calls Attention to Incoming Labelling Rules

    The FSA in Northern Ireland has released a statement re-emphasising to businesses that from 13th December 2016, new rules will be fully implemented regarding nutritional labelling. After that date, all businesses selling pre-packed foods will be required to display compulsory nutrition declarations.

    This requirement refers to the mandatory nutrition panel on food packaging, which has to show the energy value (in kJ/kcal), as well as the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrates, sugars, protein, and salt provided per 100g or 100ml. On top of this, further nutrients may optionally be provided, such as fibre, vitamins and minerals.

    The incoming regulations mean that all of this information must be included on the package or on the label of any pre-packaged food. Businesses are likely already aware of the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 which came into effect in 2011, with a large part of the requirements of the new legislation applying to pre-packed foods on 13th December 2014. From 13th December this year, the entirety of the regulation will be active.

    Esther Chartres, Senior Advisor for Standards at the FSA in Northern Ireland, emphasised the need for businesses to comply with the new regulations, stating that the FSA have:

    “produced a useful leaflet and Q&A document to help businesses meet the mandatory requirements set out in EU legislation. Businesses in the food manufacturing, retailing and the catering sectors and particularly those with responsibility for food labels and product promotion should ensure they read and become familiar with the new rules as soon as possible.”

    She also encouraged local food business owners to “talk to their local environmental health officers if they have questions on compliance. Information can also be found on the FSA’s website.”

    Some foods are exempted from the mandatory labelling regulations, whilst others require extra labelling of certain ingredients or warnings. For full details on the regulations, see the FSA’s guidance here.

    Sam Franklin

    With a master’s in Literature, Sam inhales books and anything readable, spending his working hours reformulating the info he gathers into digestible articles. When not reading or writing, he likes to put his camera to work around the world, snapping street photography from Stockholm to Tokyo. Too much of this time spent in Japan teaching English has nurtured a weakness for sashimi, Japanese whisky, and robot cafés.
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