Food Information Regulation
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/2004
Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 78/2014 (OJ L27, p7, 30/01/2014) of 22 November 2013 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers, as regards certain cereals causing allergies or intolerances and foods with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols or phytostanol esters
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1337/2013 (OJ L335, p19, 14/12/2013) of 13 December 2013 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for fresh, chilled and frozen meat of swine, sheep, goats and poultry (Applies from 1 April 2015)
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 will replace the current requirements for the labelling of foodstuffs set out in Directive 2000/13/EC and the nutrition labelling requirements of Directive 90/496/EEC. Some of the new requirements of this Regulation include the introduction of a minimum font size for mandatory information, allergen labelling for foods sold unpackaged, labelling requirements regarding foodstuffs sold via the internet , country of origin labelling and it also introduces mandatory nutrition labelling for many prepackaged foodstuffs.
The new rules came into effect on 13th December, 2011 and will apply from 13th December, 2014, with the exception of point (l) of Article 9(1) (mandatory nutrition declaration), which will apply from 13th December, 2016, and Part B of Annex VI (specific requirements regarding the designation of minced meat), which applies from 1st January, 2014.
Foods placed on the market or labelled prior to 13th December, 2014 which are compliant with the existing rules (i.e. Directive 2000/13/EC) but which do not comply with the requirements of the new Regulation may be marketed until the stocks of the foods are exhausted
Food business operators can place on the market products labelled in accordance with the Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 before 13 December 2014, provided that there is no conflict with the labelling requirements of Directive 2000/13/EC, which continues to apply until 13 December 2014. For instance, under Directive 2000/13/EC, the “best before” date must be in the same field of vision with the name under which the product is sold, the net quantity (for prepackaged foodstuffs) and the actual alcoholic strength by volume (for beverages containing more than 1,2 % by volume of alcohol). Under the FIC Regulation, the “best before” date no longer needs to be in the same field of vision. If food business operators were to comply with the FIC Regulation prior to its entry into application, i.e. prior to 13 December 2014, they would be in breach of Directive 2000/13/EC if the best before date was not in the same field of vision.
Foods placed on the market or labelled prior to 13th December, 2014 in compliance with Directive 90/496/EEC may be marketed until the stocks of the foods are exhausted.
Between 13 December 2014 and 13 December 2016 – where nutrition declaration is provided on a voluntary basis – it must comply with the new Regulation
Adapting labels with regard to nutrition information before 13 December 2014
Article 54(3) of the FIC Regulation permits food labelled in accordance with Article 30 to 35 of that Regulation ( i.e. Regulation (EC) No 1169/2012) to be placed on the market before the 13th December 2014. Therefore food business operators can adopt the new nutrition labelling rules before 13 December 2014, rather than following the rules laid down in Council Directive 90/496/EEC of 24 September 1990 on nutrition labelling for foodstuffs However, food business operators opting for the new nutrition labelling rules must comply with all the requirements, for example, if the new rules on the determination of the significant amount for vitamins and minerals are used, all the rules regarding nutrition labelling set out in Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 will apply.
Foods placed on the market or labelled prior to 1st January, 2014 which do not comply with the requirements laid down in Part B of Annex VI to the Regulation on the specific requirements regarding the designation of minced meat may be marketed until the stocks of the foods are exhausted. They must however be in compliance with Regulation (EC) No 1162/2009 of 30 November 2009 laying down transitional measures for the implementation of Regulations (EC) No 853/2004, (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004.
In July 2012 the FSAI published an Overview of changes to food labelling introduced under the food information Regulation which highlights some of the significant changes to the current rules. This document will be updated to take account of implementing rules introduced by the European Commission or any guidance on the Regulation issued by the European Commission.
The European Commission’s Health and Consumer Directorate General set up a working group who have prepared questions and answers on the application of the Regulation (EU) N° 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. This was published to help facilitate food business operators and enforcement officials to understand and apply the requirements of the food information Regulation.
Last reviewed: 5/2/2014