New Legislation

EU legislation

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

This Regulation 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 Regulation came into effect on the 13th December 2011. It will apply from 13th  December 2014, with the exception of point (l) of Article 9(1) ( mandatory nutrition declaration) , which shall apply from 13th  December 2016, and Part B of Annex VI ( specific requirements regarding the designation of minced meat) , which will apply from 1st January 2014.

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.