UK victory means it will be far easier for consumers to know what's in the food they're buying 30 Sep 2011
Defra are reporting that food labelling will be clearer, simpler and more honest following heavy lobbying in Europe by the UK. The victory means it will be far easier for consumers to know what’s in the food they’re buying.
Following a key vote, the EU has agreed to make it compulsory for manufacturers and retailers to clearly state:
- The country of origin of fresh and frozen meat;
- If any of the main ingredients in foods claiming British origin are actually imported;
- If there is more than five per cent water content in cuts of meat such as bacon;
- Nutritional labelling on the back of packs;
- The types of vegetable oils used – such as palm oil;
- Information in an agreed minimum sized font;
- Allergen information for unpackaged food, including in restaurants; and
- High caffeine drinks will require additional labelling.
The EU has also agreed:
- To make it easier for alcohol companies to voluntarily include calorie information;
- To set out voluntarily criteria for front of pack nutrition labelling on pre-packed food and drink; and
- To enable voluntary provision of calorie information in out of home settings.
Thanks to strong lobbying, Britain has also protected its traditional practice of selling by numbers – such as a dozen bread rolls or eggs – and imperial measures, from EU plans to require metric weights on all products, .