Labels with information about the ingredients and properties of a foodstuff serve to protect consumers and assist them in making better-informed choices. People want clarity on certain issues. Does the product contain any additives, allergens or genetically modified organisms? How much energy, sugar, fat and salt does the foodstuff provide?
Manufacturers are therefore obliged to disclose a range of clearly legible information on the label – including details about the ingredients and the best-before date.
Food labelling requirements are laid down in EU legislation. This means that uniform standards apply throughout all the Member States of the European Union. EU Regulation No. 1169/2011 will apply from 13 December 2014. It updates the labelling legislation and brings together in one place the previously relevant legal areas. In addition, it improves the legibility of information on packaging by stipulating a minimum font size.