Previously unpackaged food did not need to provide the nutrition information or ingredients list unlike pre-packaged food but as of December they will. The nutritional information required by law is based on per 100g or per 100ml of the food and includes the following in this order:
Energy (based in KJ firstly but can list Kcals after this value)
Note that Fibre is no longer required in the main list. However it can be supplemented in an extended list along with monounsaturates, polyunsaturates, polyols, starch, and some vitamins and minerals listed in point 1 of Part A of Annex XIII, and present in significant amounts as defined in point 2 of Part A of Annex XIII of the FIC Regs.
Additionally now all foods will need to provide allergy information for the main 14 allergens. Pre-packaged foods will need to be labelled in a specific way within the ingredients list, whereas the unpackaged foods such as in a catering establishment will need to be available for any customer who asks for them.
These allergens include:
Milk & dairy
Any cereals containing gluten
Molluscs such as clams, mussels etc
Crustaceans such as prawns, lobster
Celery (and celeriac)
SO2 / Sulphites
There are strict guidelines on how to display these if on pack but if loose but if in a restaurant it is just important that this information is made available and no strict guidelines of how this should be done.
In addition to these main areas, there are other stipulations such as the origin of food, information covering the suitability of vegetarian and vegan food and more.
There could be a lot for you to do, so start looking into it now to ensure you are not breaking the law by the end of the year. If you need help with these Regulations please give me a call and we can discuss how I can help you specifically, depending on your business.
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