Our experts carry out food label checks reducing the risk of costly product recalls

Food label checks and the law

Food business operators need to label pre-packaged foods and check that any food label that they apply, meets UK food labelling legislation. Incorrectly labelled foods can lead to legal action being taken by Trading Standards Officers, costly product recalls and claims made by customers that may have suffered allergic reactions to foods that have been mislabelled.

About our food label checks

Our food label experts can examine and advise whether your food labels comply with both existing and planned food labelling regulations. We issue you with a food label compliance report that to assist with your due diligence. If there are any mistakes or omissions, we advise what is required and once changes are made we re-check the label at no extra cost. We work with importers, manufacturers and retailers and also run food labelling training courses.

What information is required on a food label

Food label requirements are complex and vary from product to product. In the main, they only apply to prepackaged foods and not to foods sold loose. There are also exemptions to certain rules if the foods are packed on the same site that they are sold from. There are certain basic requirements required on a food label:

• Nutritional content –  the amount of energy, fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt (we can help you calculate nutritional data or arrange lab testing)

This was a brief summary as there are specific rules about the details of each of these indications, and the manner in which they are presented, which also need to be followed. Some food types have additional requirements e.g. products of animal origin, jam, chocolate.

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