From 13 December 2014 following the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 labelling allergen declarations even for nonrepacked food is binding, also for gastronomy, catering, cafeteria operators and small manufactures. It guarantees consumers their right to adequate information by establishing the general principles, requirements and responsibilities for the labelling of foodstuffs they consume.
According to the motto “information instead of declaration” the regulation specifies how foodstuffs are identified and labelled correctly in the future. It also refers amongst other topics to advertising, distance sales and nutrition declaration.
Following information are mandatory for foodstuffs:
a) The name of the food,
b) List of ingredients,
c) Ingredients and processing aids causing allergens or intolerances,
d) Amount of certain ingredients or category for certain ingredients,
e) Net quantity,
f) Best-before or consumption date,
g) If necessary, special instructions regarding storage or usage,
h) Name or company and address,
i) If applicable, country of origin or place of origin,
j) Instructions, when it would be impossible to make appropriate use of the foodstuff in the absence of such instructions,
k) Alcohol content for beverages with more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol,
l) Nutrition declaration, i.e. calorie count and information on six nutrients (fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, salt).