The change to EU law centres on the ‘gluten free’ and ‘very low gluten’ labels currently in use. Under the new rules manufacturers and caterers will no longer be able to use the phrase ‘no gluten-containing ingredients’ (NGCI) from July. ‘Gluten free’ and ‘very low gluten’ labelling rules will remain unchanged. Read full article from here:
From 13th December 2016 most pre-packed foods must have nutritional information on its packaging. The format and minimum information required can be found in the Regulation (EC) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.
Considering it takes time to reprint labels and get the necessary information for your products, it is good practice to begin the process now if you have not done so already.
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The victim was taken to hospital after eating a chicken tikka meal containing almond powder after he ticked the 'no nuts' option in his online order A customer who ordered a curry on-line had stated “no nuts” but when it arrived it contained almond powder, magistrates heard today. Read full article from here:
This was recorded in July 2011, information becomes mandatory soon.
Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.
The Foods Standards Agency (FSA) found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaways - usually curries or kebabs - were wrongly described.
The FSA said 25 of the samples were found to contain only beef, which is cheaper than lamb.
As a priority, local authorities are now being asked to test 300 samples of lamb from takeaways, starting at the beginning of May.
Takeaway owners are also being warned that they can be fined up to £5,000 for mislabelling food. Read article from here:
Tests have shown nearly half of the samples of meat taken from Leicester businesses contained other types of meat which were not labelled. Leicester City Council has revealed the results of a nine-month investigation launched after the alleged discovery of pork in lamb burgers, labelled as halal, which were supplied to a city primary school. Read full article from here:
A new EU Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers will change existing legislation on food labelling. This includes a requirement to state nutritional information on processed foods, the origin of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry.Under the new regulation it will also become mandatory to highlight allergens, such as peanuts or milk, in the lists of ingredients. Read full article from here:
New rules on food information
New rules on food labelling are being brought in by the EU Provision of Food Information to
Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 (EU FIC).
Guidance has been launched to help the food industry understand and implement changes in EU legislation for allergen labelling on products. The guidance, which has been put together by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), offers clear advice for
retailers and manufacturers on how to implement new requirements on the provision of information to consumers.
Food labelling terms
Food labels can help us choose a healthier diet and make sure our foods are safe to eat. Here is a guide to some of the most common food labelling terms.
Use by and best before
Display unit and sell by
Light or lite
No added sugar or unsweetened
Food labels provide a wide range of information about foods. But understanding all of that information is important if we are to make use of it.
For example, if a food product is labelled "light" or "lite" or has "no added sugar" what does this mean?
There are rules that food manufacturers must follow to prevent false claims or misleading descriptions, and there are clear guidelines on what labels on packets can and can't show.
Read full article at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/food-labelling-terms.aspx#use