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The Food Information Regulations 2014 include food labelling requirements including:
- Minimum font size on labels
- mandatory nutrition labelling
- a clearer indication of allergens in the ingredients list and the need to be able to tell consumers about allergen contents in non-packaged food
- extension to the rules for country of origin labelling
All food businesses must provide allergen information on all food sold unpackaged; for example, in restaurants, cafés, hotels, pubs, deli counters, bakeries and sandwich bars. Labelling these ingredients in prepacked foods is also affected by this legislation.
The Norfolk Trading Standards food information regulations page on the Norfolk County Council website is the first place to go to for information about these requirements.
The following sources are also useful for up to date information and may help you and your customers:
- Free e-learning courses for caterers, enforcement officers and consumers about general labelling provisions and allergen labelling.
- The Food Standards Agency has information on its website for consumers about food allergy and intolerance. It has also produced allergy guidance for industry to help food businesses promote, implement and comply with the regulations.