Food information and food labelling law
Produced in partnership with Dominic Watkins of DWF LLP and Giles Bedloe of Drystone Chambers
Food information and food labelling law

The following Corporate Crime practice note Produced in partnership with Dominic Watkins of DWF LLP and Giles Bedloe of Drystone Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Food information and food labelling law
  • Regulatory framework
  • Key obligations
  • Different responsibilities depending on position in supply chain
  • Mandatory food information
  • Annex III: additional mandatory particulars
  • Minimum font size
  • Language
  • Distance selling
  • Non-prepacked foods
  • More...

BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—introduction to the Withdrawal Agreement and Impact of Brexit on food labelling law below.

Forthcoming change: On 1 October 2021, the Food Information (Amendment) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/1218 come into force. Often referred to as ‘Natasha’s law’, these Regulations amend the Food Information Regulations 2014, SI 2014/1855, to provide that food that is prepacked for direct sale, whether supplied to a final consumer or to a mass caterer, must have a list of ingredients provided directly on the package or on a label attached to the package and must have the name of the food provided directly on the package or on a label attached to the package. For further information, see the guidance pages on the Food Standard Agency’s website here as well as News Analysis: Food Information (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2019—examining the impacts.

Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (FIC) established the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food information, and in particular food labelling, across the EU.

FIC applies

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