Update - Nutritional labelling laws

Published: 9 Nov 2016

The Department of Health has issued the technical guidance for mandatory nutrition labelling of food which will come into effect on 13 December 2016. These criteria will apply to the majority of prepacked food.

If you make a nutrition and/or health claim or add vitamins and/or minerals to a foodstuff, you must make a nutrition declaration in accordance with EU FIC., e.g. Low fat.

MANDATORY (“BACK OF PACK”) NUTRITION LABELLING must include the following information:

  1. energy value (in both kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal)); and
  2. the amounts (in grams (g)) of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt

The majority of pre-packaged foods will require nutritional tables, but there are certain exemptions including: Unpackaged foods sold directly to caterers or final consumers, manufacturers supplying small quantities to final consumers or local retailers and foods packed on the same site that they are sold. Businesses will be exempt if they have less than 10 employees and a turnover/balance sheet total of less than £1.4 million.

Criteria is also in place for the design and layout of the actual ingredients label. Collation of nutritional information data can be obtained through laboratory analysis of actual ingredients and information provided by the manufacturer's analysis of the food.

The new labelling laws also affect distance selling. If you advertise pre-packaged food for sale via a website or brochure then you must make nutritional information available before the sale is made. The nutritional information could be made available via a free telephone information line, website or brochure.

To read the full technical guidance on food labelling guidance by The Department of Health, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-guidance-on-nutrition-labelling

If you require any advice regarding the implementation of nutritional labelling laws and allergen requirements, please do not hesitate to contact CSC.