The current rules on food labelling were first introduced in 1979 and while they were amended and
consolidated over the years, market conditions, eating habits and consumer expectations have changed
considerably since their publication. Work on a major revision of the rules began in the European Union
(EU) some time ago and culminated in the publication in the EU Official Journal on 22nd November, 2011 of
Regulation No (EU) 1169/20111 on the provision of food information to consumers.
This new Regulation which replaces the current rules, sets out the requirements for the provision of
food information to the consumer as well as setting out the requirements with regard to the provision of
nutrition information on foodstuffs. The Regulation came into effect on 13th December, 2011. It will apply
from 13th December, 2014, with the exception of point (l) of Article 9(1) (mandatory nutrition declaration),
which will apply from 13th December, 2016, and Part B of Annex VI (specific requireme...