New guide on food information to consumers

New guide on food information to consumers

03/19/2014 - The general manager of the Spanish Agency of Consumer and Food Safety (Aecosan) , Angela Lopez de Sá, hosted yesterday in Madrid the presentation of the Guide on food information to consumers, elaborated by the Spanish Federation of Food and Beverage Industries (FIAB), the Spanish Association of Supermarkets (ACES), the National Association of Large Distribution Companies (Anged) and the Spanish Association of Distributors, Minimarkets and Supermarkets (Asedas).

At the opening, López de Sá insisted in “the importance and usefulness of this guide for operators, Authorities and consumers themselves” and noted that it is a useful tool that, in addition to addressing the basics of Regulation, it also explores those questions of interpretation that weren’t clear enough before.

In a joint statement, the organizations explained that the aim of the new regulation is to ensure that the consumer is provided with objective, accurate, clear and understandable information about food sold in the European Union (EU).

Therefore, the aim of this publication is to provide operators an effective tool to assist in the understanding and application of new consumer information requirements, which will apply from December 13th.

Specifically, new requirements on nutrition information on packaged foods such as energy details (saturated fats, carbohydrates, sugar, protein and salt) are detailed in the Guide. In fact, this information should be given per 100 grams or 100 milliliters and, additionally, by the slice or serving.

This Guide also introduces very specific rules on clarity and legibility of labeling requirements including font size (1.2 mm) and the location of the information (in the front of the pack, according to the Regulation). It also improves the information about the requirements on the presence of allergens that the consumer needs to know.

These organizations claimed that the signed document is a good example of the commitment of the food industry and modern commercial distribution to meet the needs and demands of society. It also aims to contribute to the adaptation of Spanish companies to the new regulatory framework in order to increase their competitiveness and the entire food chain.

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