Information for Labels


Food labelling legislation ensures consumers are not misled about the nature of food products when they are sold to them. It also creates a level playing field for food producers, so they have clear requirements on the information that appears on the label and how this is presented. This is currently enforced in the UK through the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 (FLR) (as amended).

These regulations primarily cover all pre-packed food that is ready for delivery to the ultimate consumer or to a catering establishment, which must be labelled with the following information:

  • The name of the food
  • A list of the ingredients
  • The quantity of certain ingredients or category of ingredients
  • An appropriate durability indication
  • Any special storage conditions or conditions of use
  • The business name and an address or registered office of either the manufacturer or packer, or the EC established seller
  • Place of origin where the absence of this information would mislead a purchaser
  • Instructions for use if their absence makes the product difficult to use

Example I can use:


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