In addition to the labelling requirements below, the general labelling rules set out in the legislation on the provision of information to consumers also apply.
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Information to be provided
The information required by the Regulation (EU) No 543/2011 must be shown legibly and obviously on one side of the packaging, either indelibly printed directly onto the package or on a label which is an integral part of the package or affixed to it.
For goods shipped in bulk and loaded directly onto a means of transport, the information must be given in a document accompanying the goods or shown on a notice placed in an obvious position inside the means of transport.
In the case of distance contracts (within the meaning of Directive 2011/83/EU (e.g. internet sales) the information particulars must be available before the purchase is concluded.
Invoices and accompanying documents, excluding receipts for the consumer, must indicate the name and the country of origin of the products and, where appropriate, the class, the variety or commercial type if required in a specific marketing standard, or the fact that the product is intended for processing
Information to be provided at the retail stage
At retail stage, the information required must be legible and conspicuous.
The retailer must display the following information legibly, in a prominent position near the fruits or vegetables:
- country of origin and,
- where appropriate, class and variety or commercial type
in such a way as not to mislead the consumer.
Where fruit and vegetables are subject to a specific marketing standard they must indicate the information required for that particular product.
Packages containing mixes of fruit and vegetables with a net weight less than 5kg
The marketing of packages of a net weight of 5 kg or less containing mixes of different types of fruit and vegetables shall be allowed, provided that:
(a) the products are of uniform quality and each product concerned complies with the relevant specific marketing standard or, where no specific marketing standard exists for a particular product, the general marketing standard,
(b) the package is appropriately labelled, in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007, and
(c) the mix is not such as to mislead the consumer.
If the fruit and vegetables in a mix originate in more than one Member State or third country, the full names of the countries can be replaced with one of the following, as appropriate:
(a) “mix of EU fruit”, “mix of EU vegetables” or “mix of EU fruit and vegetables”
(b) “mix of non-EU fruit”, “mix of non-EU vegetables” or “mix of non-EU fruit and vegetables”
(c) “mix of EU and non-EU fruit”, “mix of EU and non-EU vegetables” or “mix of EU and non-EU fruit and vegetables”.
Last reviewed: 28/10/2020