EC adopts new primary ingredient origin labelling rules

Food manufacturers who supply into the EU and source their ingredients from various countries may want to take note that the European Commission has just adopted new rules on the labelling of the origin of the primary ingredient in food. The new regulation is intended to ensure a high level of transparency, providing consumers with clear information about the origin of food sold on the EU market. Under the Regulation on food information to consumers (FIC), the origin of the primary ingredient must be indicated if it is different from the origin of the food in order to avoid deceiving consumers and to standardise the presentation of such information. There will be a certain level of flexibility for food business operators in order to take into account the various methods of food processing. The legislation will apply from 1 April 2020.

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