Food Information to Consumers Regulation affects food producers

Our guidance explains what the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) or EU 1169/2011 changes entail with links to the new law, current regulations both UK and EU and official guidance. Certain aspects of layout, text sizes and allergen information are changing. Non-pre-packed foods will need to have more information about their ingredients available to consumers. Sign up for two weeks access and get our resumé of what the changes mean to retailers, caterers and producers.

This labelling regulation has taken over 5 years development and consultation before it was finally adopted in 2011. As it extends certain requirements and will affect most food/drink producers, retailers, caterers etc there are lead times before the various requirements must be adhered to. However, all changes must be implemented by 13th December 2016, with most by 2014.

Food Information Regulations 2014 (England)

As an EU member, food regulations apply to UK as well as all the other member states. Not satisfied with just applying the regulations, UK writes Statutory Instruments (SI's) to specify any UK interpretations, who will enforce the rules and penalties for non-compliance. Often similar SI's are produced for each devolved state, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

EU 1169/2011 became law throughout Europe on 13th December 2011. Known as the Food Information to Consumers Regulation, it was initially given the acronym FIR, but recently has changed to FIC. DEFRA has drafted and consulted on a UK enforcing Statutory Instrument, to be called the Food Information Regulation 2013 (FIR) in England. This FIR details any UK specific interpretations (where permitted), enforcement agents and penalties for non-compliance. It will also clarify which old UK labelling regulations (whole or in part) will be revoked or amended.

In July 2014 SI 1855 was produced, now known as Food Information Regulations 2014.

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2016 may seem a long way ahead, but label development is not generally quick and is certainly expensive. Find out quickly and easily how the changes might affect you and give yourself time to get your labels right. Incorrect labelling can result in product withdrawal or recall which is expensive to you and bad for your reputation.

We won't design your labels for you, but we can help you to avoid the pitfalls of misleading consumers with your labels.

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