EU Food Policy - What's New On The Menu? Food Labeling and Much More

EU Regulation on Food Labeling - Next Steps

On 25 October 2011, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011on the provision of food information to consumers (hereinafter, the ‘FIC Regulation’).

The FIC Regulation establishes the legal framework for the provision of food information provided to consumers by food business operators. It sets down the general principles, responsibilities as well as requirements aimed at achieving clear, comprehensible and legible labelling of foods

Furthermore, the FIC Regulation provides for a list of authorised health claims, which have received a positive scientific evaluation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Although it entered into force on 12 December 2011, the new rules will apply from 13 December 2014, while the obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016.

The Regulation provides for the Commission to take the following actions by 13 December 2013:

Adopt implementing acts on the mandatory indication of country of origin or place of provenance for unprocessed meat of swine, poultry, sheep and goats after an impact assessment;

Adopt implementing acts on the application of “voluntary origin” labelling of foods after an impact assessment;

Submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for meat used as an ingredient as well as:

Types of meat other than beef, swine, sheep, goat and poultry;

Milk;

Meat used as an ingredient;

Unprocessed foods;

Single ingredient products;

Ingredients that constitute over 50% of a food.

Therefore in the next months, the Commission, assisted by the Standing Committee on the food chain and animal health will draft a series of implementing acts, providing guidelines for uniform conditions of implementation.

For example, concerning alcoholic beverages, the Regulation invites the Commission to produce a report, within three years of the entry into force of the legislation, on the application of the requirements to provide information on ingredients and nutrition information to alcoholic beverages. Moreover, after consultation with stakeholders and the Member States, the Commission should consider the need for a definition of beverages such as “alcopops”, which are specifically targeted at young people. The Regulation also provides for the Commission to propose, if appropriate, specific requirements relating to alcoholic beverages.

Read more in this DLA Piper Alert by Dominique Devos, Jeroen Jansen, and Loretta Marshall, including:

• EU regulation on food labelling. Next steps

• Commission regulation: Rules for applications concerning the use of generic descirptions

• EC amends nano elements of food information and labelling rule

• The new british front-of-pack label - Developments

• European food saftey authority publishes feed additives guidance

• European commission work programme 2014

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