Yesterday DG-SANCO (Health and Consumers) published the Question and Answers on the application of the Regulation UE n. 1169/2011 “on the provision of food information to consumers” translated in 22 languages, at the following link.
We have read the English text, but it could be interesting to check if the translations in our national languages don’t pose any interpretative issue.
The new rules will apply from 13 December 2014 and the obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016.
Food placed on the market or labelled prior to 13 December 2014 which do not comply with the requirements of the Regulation, may be marketed until the stocks of the foods are exhausted.
Next steps planned are the following.
By 13 December 2013:
- the Commission must adopt implementing acts on the mandatory indication of country of origin or place of provenance for unprocessed meat of swine, poultry, sheep and goats after an impact assessment. The Commission has commissioned an external study to do so;
- the Commission must adopt implementing acts on the application of “voluntary origin” labelling of foods after an impact assessment;
- the Commission must submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance for meat used as an ingredient as well as:
- Types of meat other than beef, swine, sheep, goat and poultry;
- Meat used as an ingredient;
- Unprocessed foods;
- Single ingredient products;
- Ingredients that constitute over 50% of a food.
The Commission has also commissioned an external study on the application of rules on “voluntary origin” labelling of foods and on the mandatory indication of country of origin or place of provenance of meat used as an ingredient.