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EU: Consumers Information Regulations

European Union

Feb 03, 2021

Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 deals with the provision to consumers of mandatory information on food under the responsibility of the operator under whose name or business name the food is marketed or the importer into the Union market. Loyal information practices imply avoiding any misleading message and a number of key aspects, including the (i) requirements for distance sale; (ii) mandatory food (label) information; (iii) food denomination; (iv) ingredient list; (v) allergens; (vi) indication of net quantity; (vii) indication of duration; (viii) batch codex; (ix) mandatory alerts applicable to specific food products; (x) readability criteria for the label; (xi) country of origin or place of provenance; (xii) mandatory nutrition information; and (xiii) additional forms of expression and presentation. The relevant regulations provide very detailed definitions of nutrition and health claims and procedures for their request and approval. The European Commission has been charged with ensuring a Community Register of food nutrition and health claims.


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