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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:28 pm 
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The European Commission has passed legislation that requires allergen labelling on all foods, prepackaged or not and including in restaurants!

The food industry has had a transitional period of three years to ensure that that rules will come into effect as of 13 December 2014. You may still find on the market products labelled with the old rules as the Regulation provides for exhaustion of stocks for foods placed on the market or labelled before 13 December 2014 (Attention: not exhaustion of stocks for labels).

The rules on mandatory nutrition information will only apply from 13 December 2016. When however the nutrition declaration is provided on the labels after 13 December 2014, it shall comply with the rules of the Regulation.

The new legislation lays down general principles on food labelling.

It also provides more specific requirements that include for example:
[list=]Improved legibility of information (minimum font size for mandatory information);
Clearer and harmonized presentation of allergens for prepacked foods (emphasis by font, style or background colour) in the list of ingredients;
Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including restaurants and cafes;
Requirement of certain nutrition information for majority of prepacked processed foods;
Mandatory origin information for fresh meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling or buying in a shop;
List of engineered nanomaterials in the ingredients.
Specific information on the vegetable origin of refined oils and fats;
Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices;
Indication of substitute ingredient for 'Imitation' foods;
Clear indication of "formed meat" or "formed fish"; and
Clear indication of defrosted products
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Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy and green beans) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: Oral Allergy Syndrome, Allergic to Birch trees

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