Food Law News - UK - 2007

FSA Consultation Letter, 1 October 2007

LABELLING - Food Standards Agency consults on guidance on clear food labelling

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site: Draft Revised Clear Labelling Guidance

The Agency issued Clear Food Labelling Guidance in 2002 and is now seeking to issue improved Guidance by making the changes set out in the consultation documents. The Guidance sets out legislative requirements, as well as best practice advice. Responses are requested by: 24 December 2007

Consultation details

The objectives of the guidance are as follows:

The proposals are to revise the guidance to include:

Introducing these changes to the guidance would be helpful to consumers by providing better labelling through improved best practice advice and updated advice on legislation for industry. This will be particularly helpful for partially sighted consumers as many can read printed information if it is well designed with respect to features including good text size and contrast.

The guidance also provides a reference document covering factors that affect clarity. This may be helpful to local authorities when providing advice to industry, and also for considering whether enforcement action is appropriate in relation to food or trade descriptions legislation, (although it should be recognised that the recommendations are best practice advice and not advice on compliance with legislation).

Please see the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) and Summary Impact Assessment in the accompanying document.

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