Another remarkably clear position of the EU Commission, on which I can’t do anything more than agree. Please note that if your selling unit is a box of 20 pieces of a product, then the obligation – like for retail – might be referred to the box.
Question for written answer E-001966/2021 to the EU Commission – 13th April 2021
Article 14(1)(b) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the sale of prepacked by means of distance communication provides that ‘all mandatory particulars shall be available at the moment of delivery’.
Many companies shipping to several different EU countries do not necessarily have products labelled in the language of the country of destination and this provision increases the administrative burden on operators.
In the light of the above, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. If products delivered are labelled in a language other than that of the country of destination, can the particulars also be made available in the form of a package leaflet/accompanying document, inserted in the packaging, containing all the relevant information in the language of the country of destination?
2. If not, does Article 12(2) of the regulation apply, which stipulates that ‘in the case of prepacked food, mandatory food information shall appear directly on the package or on a label attached thereto’?
Answer – 11th June 2021
Article 14(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 provides that, in the case of pre-packed foods offered for sale by means of distance communication, all mandatory particulars shall be available at the moment of delivery. Article 12(2) of the same Regulation provides that in the case of pre-packed food, mandatory food information shall appear on the package or on a label attached thereto.
Article 15 further provides that mandatory food information shall appear in a language easily understood by the consumers of the Member States where a food is marketed and that within their own territory, the Member States in which a food is marketed may stipulate that the particulars shall be given in one or more languages from among the official languages of the Union.
In conclusion, for pre-packed food offered for sale by means of distance communication, all mandatory food information shall therefore be provided on the package or on a label attached thereto in a language easily understood by the consumers of the Member State in which the food is marketed.
(Source: EU Parliament website)