EU renews food labelling
All Raisio's food labelling has been updated to comply with the Food Information Regulation entered into force in 2011. The new EU-level regulation aims to facilitate the consumers' access to information and to harmonise the labelling throughout the European region. General labelling will have to be altered by December 2014.
In many respects, mandatory labelling will remain unchanged, but the new regulation means that nearly all of the food labelling needs to be updated.
Mandatory indication of nutritional values
One of the biggest changes to the food labelling is that the indication of nutritional values is now mandatory. Nutritional values must be indicated on all packaged food, with the exception of coffee, spices and chewing gums.
Mandatory declaration now includes at least energy, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt. Nutrients must be declared in the provided order and the nutrients not included in the list cannot be indicated in the same table. Therefore, the amount of, e.g., lactose or beta-glucan cannot be indicated in the table, but in its close proximity.
Indication of salt instead of sodium
The declaration of salt instead of sodium applies to all products. The salt content is calculated based on the sodium levels in food products. That is why the amount of salt is indicated in nutritional values also for such products that do not contain added salt (e.g. rye flakes).
Earlier, vegetable fats and oils could be indicated under a group title, for example as vegetable oil. At the turn of the year, the source of fat must be indicated on the package; rapeseed oil, palm oil or coconut oil, etc.
Improvements in the text legibility
The new regulation will pay particular attention to the legibility. The text must be at least 1.2mm in height and stand out against the background. As previously, allergens must be indicated using their own names, but they will be highlighted more than before.