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Food labelling

New EU food labelling regulations came into force on 13 December 2014

These require allergen labelling on packaged food containing allergens.

Food label showing allergens

Image is an illustration only. Be sure to check local laws when designing your labels

From December 13, 2014 many food products require allergen labelling to highlight to presence of 14 substances and products that
cause allergies or intolerances. These include:

Cereals containing gluten, Celery, Crustaceans
Eggs, Fish, Nuts, Lupin
Milk, Molluscs, Mustard
Peanuts, Soybeans, Sesame seeds
Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

Additional requirements on mandatory information text size are being introduced to ensure clear legibility (minimum 0.9mm
font height for packages with largest surface area smaller than 80 mm2, minimum 1.2 mm font height otherwise).

Additional requirements on nutrition information on processed foods and origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs,
sheep, goats and poultry come into effect in December 13, 2016.

Allergen labelling that meets these requirement may be carried out (see how) using AnyLabels, Barcodes and Labels for Office or Really Simple Labels. These products are also suitable for including nutrition labelling in tables.

For further information see:

EU - EU Directive 1169/2011

UK - Allergy labelling for pre-packaged products

UK - Front of pack nutrition labelling guidance