The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers changes existing legislation on food labelling including:
- Mandatory nutrition information on processed foods;
- Mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
- Highlighting allergens e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients;
- Better legibility i.e. minimum size of text;
- Requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafés.
The new rules will apply from 13 December 2014. The obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016.