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 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:
- Food Standards Agency leaflet to inform businesses of the changes.
- Free e-learning courses for caterers, enforcement officers and consumers about general labelling provisions and allergen labelling are available at: http://labellingtraining.food.gov.uk and http://allergytraining.food.gov.uk.
- The Food Standards Agency has produced a leaflet for consumers to inform them of the changes and has produced guidance and materials to help food businesses promote, implement and comply with the new regulations.