Food Information Regulation
The EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This means that the transition process has begun to replace the current food labelling regulations.
The transitional arrangements mean that most of the requirements do not apply until 2014, with nutrition labelling becoming mandatory in 2016. Therefore, food businesses have time to get used to the arrangements and make sure they comply with new labelling requirements as they come in. Further information on the new regulation, the consultation and the FSA role in bringing in the new requirements can be found at the bottom of this page.
Government responsibilities in the UK
The responsibility for the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIR) varies across the UK.
Following the Westminster Machinery of Government changes carried out in 2010, general food labelling policy responsibilities (where this is not related to food safety) in England have been transferred from the FSA to Defra. Responsibility for nutrition labelling policy has been transferred to the Department of Health.
In England, the FSA leads on food safety aspects of food labelling and continues its liaison with food authorities in relation to food labelling law enforcement.
Food Standards enforcement
tel: 0207 276 8016
Scotland and Northern Ireland
In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the FSA has retained responsibility for all aspects of general food labelling and nutrition labelling policy, including liaison with food authorities.
Scotland contact details:
Food Labelling and Standards Team
tel: 01224 285155
Northern Ireland contact details:
tel: 02890 417742
In Wales, the FSA continues to lead on general food labelling policy and food labelling law enforcement, although responsibility for nutrition labelling policy is now with the Welsh Government.
tel: 02920 678912
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Monday 28 November 2011
Following an EU-wide review of both general food and nutrition labelling legislation, the European Parliament approved the text for a new Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR) on 6 July 2011 and this was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 29 September 2011.