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NEW EU rules for Organic Pet Food Labelling 9th November 2023

EU Council adopt labelling rules for organic pet food labelling: A new EU law that will align the rules regarding the labelling of organic pet food to those governing the labelling of organic food intended for human consumption. Read more....

FSA issue new guidance on CBD levels 19th October 2023

Consumers advised to cut consumption of CBD: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland have issued new guidance for consumers advising that the maximum daily intake of Cannabidiol (CBD) should not exceed 10mg. Previous FSA advice published in February 2020 recommended healthy adults not to take more than 70mg of CBD per day. Read more....

FSA and FDF issue updated allergen labelling guidance 5th September 2023

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new food allergen labelling and information technical guidance, as the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) reveals its own set of allergen labelling guidelines supporting the agency’s update which will support businesses in getting their food labels right for consumers.Read more FSA....  FDF....

Energy drinks recalled due to labelling issues 1st September 2023

Health Canada has recalled additional ranges of caffeinated energy drinks , including popular brands, as being potentially unsafe due to concerns related to caffeine content and labelling accuracy. High levels of caffeine can pose potential health risks, especially for children, pregnant individuals, breastfeeding individuals, and those who are particularly sensitive to caffeine. Read more...

Consultation on Nutrition and Health Claims 10th August 2023

The government wants to ensure that consumers can have confidence in the food they buy, and any health benefits promoted on the label. The nutrition and health claims regulations ensure that claims made about a food or drink are accurate and not misleading so that consumers can make informed choices to meet their lifestyle and nutritional needs. The government is proposing changes in relation to nutrition labelling, composition and standards (NLCS) retained EU law. Read more....

Consumers are confused over portion size 28th July 2023

A recent WHICH survey has shown that many consumers are confused over portion sizes, particularly on snack foods. Portion size information on food labels is designed to support consumers in making a balanced diet. Read more....

The difference between natural and ‘free’ sugars 14th June 2023

The sugars found in fruit are typically known as 'naturally occurring sugars' and, especially in fruit and milk, come alongside beneficial nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals. In comparison, the sugars typically found in processed foods such as doughnuts, sometimes referred to as 'refined', 'added' or 'free' sugars, contain little, if any, nutritional benefit. Read more....

Netherlands to adopt Nutri-Score labelling 3rd May 2023

This week, the Netherlands announced Nutri-Score will ‘definitely’ be adopted as its official voluntary nutrition labelling scheme. The move is a controversial one, with nutritionists arguing the scheme contradicts its food-based dietary guidelines. Read more..

FDA publish new Food Labelling Guidelines 19th April 2023

Are you exporting to United States? The FDA receives many questions from manufacturers, distributors, and importers about the proper labelling of their food products. This guidance is a summary of the required statements that must appear on food labels. In order to minimise legal action and delays. Read more.....

Health and Nutritional claims on food labels 15th March 2023

Do make sure that the claims used on your food and drink / food supplement labels and marketing materials are approved on the GB register of Health and Nutrional claims. A recent ASA ruling upheld a complaint on a cider vinegar product relating to internet marketing claims, as they were not on the approved register. Read more ..

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NEW labelling for NI food products 28th February 2023

The ‘Windsor framework’ provides for UK rules to apply to products moving between N.I and Great Britain that are not intended to enter the EU market. Such products will be required to be marked ‘not for EU’ in the case of prepacked meat and fresh milk being individually labelled by 1st October 2023 and most other goods not subject to official controls at border inspection points by 1st July 2025. Read more....

New rules for wine labelling 24th January 2023

Following a DEFRA consulatation new rules to follow for wine labelling. Wine products should be allowed to show alcoholic strength to one decimal place, when several grape varieties are used in the production of a blended wine and are shown on the label, the named varieties must total at least 95% of the volume of the wine, the term ‘alc/vol’ may appear directly after the alcohol content figure displayed on the label of any alcoholic beverage. Read more..

Carbon labelling on food products 1st December 2022

Benugo rolls out carbon footprint labelling in cafes and restaurants after successful the UK.  Read more ...

Milk the most commonly undeclared food allergen on food labels 24th November 2022

A study by the FDA has shown that undclared milk on food labels is the most commonly ommitted food allergen. Read more ...

BRC Guidance on HFSS promotional restrictions 20th October 2022

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has updated their category guidance detailing categories in and out of scope of the HFSS promotional restrictions. Please find a link to the updated guidance. Read more....

DEFRA propose animal welfare labelling 15th September 2022

Evidence provided indicates the potential of mandatory labelling reform to make it easier for consumers to purchase products that align with their values, support UK farmers, and improve animal welfare. Read more...

Eco Food Labels 18th August 2022

One of the key challenges is providing clear consumer information in the area of environmental (Eco) food labelling has and continues to be communication. Read more ..

Front of Pack Food and Drink Labelling 6th July 2022

Front of pack nutrition labelling has been recognised as an important tool to support consumers in their food and drink choices. The FSA consultation on FOP labelling is now closed and we are awaiting the publication of the findings. A link to the consulation with more information and background can be found here ...

COOL Labelling of Meat and Fish products 30th June 2022

If you are unsure if your meat and fish products require COOL (Country Of Origin Labelling) refer to the DEFRA Food Labelling guidance page on their website

Do you need to add a warning to your food label? 16th June 2022

DEFRA are the reference point for GB Food and Drink Labeliing Guidance,if you are unsure if your product needs a warning refer to the DEFRA Guidance for Food and Drink products, certain colours, unpasteurised milk and many other situations will lead to the need for warnings to be added. Read more .... DEFRA Food and Drink warnings

FSA Guidance on the use of Marketing Terms 12th May 2022

The FSA have published guidance on the use of Marketing Terms such as "Homemade" , "Handmade" and many more terms. If you are confused or need more support in this area on the best practice to follow read more FSA Marketing Terms for Labelling 

Last call for CBD applications by the UK FSA 27th April 2022

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a final call for evidence linking CBD products to applications on the public list. The CBD public list shows which products have a credible application for authorisation with the FSA. Read more..

Calorie labelling rules come into force 6th April 2022

New rules requiring calorie information to be displayed on menus and food labels come into force today (Wednesday 6 April 2022)..The changes mean it is now a legal requirement for large businesses with more than 250 employees, including cafes, restaurants and takeaways, to display calorie information of non-prepacked food and soft drinks. Learn more:

Rules limit the Marketing of HFSS Foods DELAYED 17th March 2022

Promotions on food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) in retailers planned to be restricted from October 2022 will be delayed by 12 months, under current plans. These new restrictions will impact medium and large businesses, including those with 50 or more employees, Learn more about what HFSS are and how marketing channels will be affected

HFSS Nutrient profile guidance published 16th February 2022

The nutrient profiling model was developed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2004- 2005 to provide Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, with a tool to differentiate of foods on the basis of their nutritional composition, in the context of television advertising foods to children. This is now being used as the basis to calculate which foods are HFSS and will therefore be impacted by the HFSS Marketing rule changes.

Morrison scraps use by dates on fresh milk 12th January 2022

Morrisons has announced plans to scrap use-by dates on its own-label milk packaging by the end of January, in a bid to prevent waste. Milk waste contributes negatively to the environment as well as costing consumers in their pocket.   Read more ....

UK Food Standards Agency chief scientist in support of Eco-Labelling 12th November 2021

The Food Standards Agency Chief Scientist Robin May is in support of Eco-labelling on food and drink products. Read more........

Eco food labelling focus as we approach COP 26 5th October 2021

Will we see an increased focus on eco labelling systems in food and drink as we approach COP 26? Currently the lack of a  "common standard" is one of the factors challenging consumer communication and the move to more sustainable food choices.

Calorie labelling in the out of home sector 18th September 2021

Guidance has been developed for the provisions of The Calorie Labelling (Out of Home Sector) (England) Regulations 2021 which come into force from 6 April 2022. Read more....

Selecting an independent expert witness 12th August 2021

Using an independent expert witness with expertise in the field of review is essential to add value to your case,rather than undermine your defence. In some recent cases the pifalls of not selecting the right expert witness are shared. Read more....

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NEW EU rules for Organic Pet Food Labelling
9th November 2023
EU Council adopt labelling rules for organic pet food...
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FSA issue new guidance on CBD levels
19th October 2023
Consumers advised to cut consumption of CBD: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and...
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