Food Information Regulation applies as from 13 December 2014

Regulation No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (“FIC Regulation”), adopted on 25 October 2011, will apply as from 13 December 2014.

The rules provided by the FIC Regulation are meant to ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, in order to make duly informed choices when buying and consuming food.

The changes brought by the FIC Regulation include:

  • An improved legibility of food information, by imposing a minimum font size for mandatory information
  • A harmonized presentation of allergens (e.g. nuts, gluten) for prepacked foods in the list of ingredients
  • Mandatory allergen information for non-prepacked food, including in restaurants, cafes, schools and hospitals
  • Same labelling requirements for online, distance-selling and buying in a shop
  • Mandatory origin labelling for meat of swine, sheep, goat and poultry
  • Mandatory indication of the specific vegetable origin of oils and fats
  • Strengthened rules to prevent misleading practices

The new rules on mandatory nutritional labelling (energy value, amounts of fats, etc.) will apply as from 13 December 2016.

In Belgium, the new FIC Regulation will replace the Royal Decree of 13 September 1999 relating to the labelling of prepacked food and the Royal Decree of 8 January 1992 relating to nutrition labelling for food.

For any question regarding the above, please contact Pieter Van Den Broecke (+32 2 501 90 20) or Florence Danis (+32 2 501 90 28).