Revision of Food Standards Agency food labelling guidance on country of origin
Friday 21 September 2007
The Agency issued Country of Origin Guidance in 2002 and is now seeking to issue improved guidance. The guidance sets out legislative requirements relevant to origin labelling and advice on compliance with legislation, as well as best practice advice.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Food Standards, Diet and Nutrition Branch
Food Standards Agency Scotland
St Magnus House
25 Guild Street
Aberdeen AB11 6NJ
Tel: 01224 285165
Fax: 01224 285168
Responses are requested by: 14 December 2007
The objectives of the guidance are as follows:
- to improve labelling practice with respect to origin labelling and compliance with country of origin and misleading labelling legislation, in the manufacturing, retail and the catering sectors
- to improve consumer confidence in such labelling
- to provide enforcement authorities with guidance to help them improve labelling advice
The proposals are to revise the guidance to include:
- reformatting of the document to enable better accessibility for small and medium enterprises
- updating of relevant legal information, including Article 16 of Regulation EC 178/2002, and commodities legislation
- advice on avoiding misleading labelling with regard to products that are of a particular culinary style
- advice on avoiding misleading labelling for origin declarations for products from Northern Ireland
- best practice advice on providing voluntary additional information in the form of a 'Produced in Y' statement, if in fact the product is labelled as 'Packed in X', to avoid 'Packed in X' implying origin. This would clearly show that it is produced in a different country to that in which it is packed. If the product is produced in the same country as it is packed the 'Packed in X' indication would not be misleading when used alone
- best practice advice on avoiding misleading presentation and display of products in store
These changes to the guidance would provide updated advice on compliance with legislation (3 and 4) and improve best practice advice (5 and 6) for industry that should result in more informative labelling that is helpful to consumers.
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