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EU strengthens food labelling rules

Published by Steve Coleman on September 29, 2011

The European Union has added three new food labelling requirements and strengthened the existing provisions in two other categories.

Legislators expanded food labelling provisions in July with expected implementation later this year. However, manufacturers will be allowed three to five years to adjust their products to fit the new rules.

Among the new provisions are requirements to list possible allergens - even if they've been altered during processing - providing the name and address of the importer and posting a nutrition declaration on the product.

As a part of the legislation, the EU also strengthened rules requiring processors to list the quantity of certain ingredients or categories of ingredients. Stronger country-of-origin rules will also come into play.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has prepared a briefing paper on the pending changes.


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