New Ordinance On The Foods LabelingNew Ordinance on the labeling and presentation of food (in force since 13.12.2014, prom. SG. Nr/102/ 12.12.2014) transposes into national legislation uniform European requirements for food labeling reflected in Regulation(EU) № 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25.10.2011. The Ordinance aims to prohibit the use of information that would mislead the consumer, particularly as to the characteristics of the food effects or properties, or attributing medicinal characteristics to foods. Such prohibition shall apply to the advertising and presentation of foods.
Probably because of the rush to meet the deadline, the authors of the ordinance have created something like a directory instead of a normative act regulating clearly and comprehensively the issues subject to regulation. So, instead knowing what are the requirements to the common mandatory information on food labels via reading the ordinance, one must sought the Regulation itself to meet its obligations.

Who is responsible for the label information?
1. The manufacturer (or person under whose name or brand foods are sold) is obliged to provide information on food labels.
2. If the person of item 1 is not established in the EU, the responsible person is the importer of foods.
3. If foodstuffs are not pre-packaged and/or made available for online sales, the mandatory information must be submitted by entities under item 1 or item 2 to the supplier who delivers foods to end users.

Scope
The Ordinance shall apply:
- To businesses in the food industry at all stages of the food chain, where their activities concern the provision of information to consumers food.
- For all foods intended for the final consumer, including foods delivered by mass caterers and foods intended for supply to mass caterers.

Mandatory Information
- Name;
- List of ingredients;
- Substances causing allergies or intolerances (peanuts, milk, mustard, fish, cereals containing gluten, etc.);
- The quantity of certain ingredients or categories of ingredients;
- The net quantity of the food;
- Term of minimum durability or life;
- Special storage conditions and / or conditions of use;
- The name or business name and address of the manufacturer or importer;
- Country of origin or place of origin of certain types of meat, milk or when lack of indication might mislead the consumer;
- Instructions for use, when in the absence of such instructions would be difficult for food to be used in an appropriate manner;
- With respect to beverages containing more than 1.2 percent alcohol by volume, the actual alcoholic strength by volume;
- Nutrition declaration - mandatory from 01.01.2016g.
The minimum font size of the letters is 1,2 mm (except for packaging or containers with small sizes)

Exceptions
There are special provisions in respect of:
• Glass bottles intended for reuse;
• packages of small sizes;
• nutrition declaration for foods listed in Annex V;
• beverages containing more than 1.2 percent alcohol by volume.

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