Food Labelling Essay

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General Food Labelling Scope • This fact sheet is intended for retailers and small manufacturers, importers and packers of food products and covers the general requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Labelling Regulations 1996. • This leaflet does not cover hygiene matters or unfit food. Food Safety Act: This Act requires food: - to be safe and free from contamination to be of the nature, substance or quality demanded by the customer to be honestly described and presented all statements or advertisements about food must be truthful. food must be wholesome and meet reasonable expectations which the customer might have about its taste, smell and appearance. Specific Food Regulations Some foods are controlled by specific regulations. These usually cover both labelling and composition. Some of the foods covered include: chocolate, jam, honey, fruit juice, coffee, milk, mineral water, meat, fish, eggs, organic products, baby food, bread and flour Fact sheets and/or further guidance are available from Norfolk Trading Standards on the requirements of specific regulations or visit the Food Standards Agency Website on www.food.gov.uk Food Labelling Regulations: These regulations require most food to be clearly marked with: - a true name or description of the food - the ingredients it contains - how long it will keep - how it should be handled or stored - who made or imported it - nutrition information - details of claims about the food or its ingredients - specific warnings where customers might be at risk The exact labelling requirements vary depending on how and where the food is sold. Generally food in packaging requires full labelling but food sold by the person who made or packed it requires less labelling (see over). siness • Better for Business • Better for
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