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Food Information - FIC (Labelling)

On the 13 December 2014, new rules on the provision of food information to the consumer (FIC) became applicable (Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011).   These rules replaced the previous rules on food labelling which were first introduced in 1979 and the nutrition labelling rules which were adopted in 1990.

This new Regulation establishes the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food information and in particular food labelling.

Food Information is defined as “information concerning a food and made available to the final consumer by means of a label, other accompanying material, or any other means including modern technology tools or verbal communication”.

The Regulation applies to food business operators at all stages of the food chain, where their activities concern the provision of food information to consumers. It applies to all foods intended for the final consumer, including foods delivered by mass caterers, and foods intended for supply to mass caterers.

The Regulation also applies to catering services provided by transport undertakings when the departure takes place on the territories of the Member States to which the Treaties apply.

Try our E-learning modules to familiarise yourself with the requirements of FIC.

In addition to these general rules, certain products require the provision of additional mandatory information. Please check our legislation section for further requirements that may apply to your product.



Last reviewed: 31/7/2018

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