The European Community has in recent years established ever more complex and precise rules for traditional food products, as well as enriched products or those intended for groups with particular nutritional needs. The most important updates relate to the labelling of foodstuffs, additives and nutritional and health claims.
The Regulation on food labelling, entered into force on 13 December 2014, is certainly one of the most significant regulations for the food sector and has been continuously updated to ensure maximum transparency for the consumer in respect to that which is indicated in the labels. In fact, the essential requirement of appropriate labelling is that the information on food is specific, clear and easily understandable by consumers and that do not mislead them attributing to the food product any effect or property that the product does not have, or suggesting special properties actually typical for all similar food.
Labelling means any mentions, indications, trade marks, brand names, pictorial matter or symbol relating to a food and placed on any packaging, document, notice, label, ring or collar accompanying or referring to such food.
For each product category, regulations provides for that mandatory information are reported (such as name of the product, name and address of the Food Business Operator marketing the product, net weight) and that other optional information can be reported, such as nutrition indications. The responsibility of the information reported in the labels of food products is of the Food Business Operator marketing the product. In fact, as per article 8 of the labelling Regulation ‘The food business operator responsible for the food information shall be the operator under whose name or business name the food is marketed or, if that operator is not established in the Union, the importer into the Union market.’
Therefore, the FBO shall always comply all information with the regulations in force, that is under continuous update
The main services provided by Di Renzo Regulatory Affairs are the following:
- Study and evaluation for the preparation of the labelling and presentation of the food product
- Any amendment to the formulation in order to be able to attach specific claims
- Evaluation and correction of the advertisements based on provisions of the regulations on claims
- Updates on food legislation