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The law in the United Kingdom on food information and labelling is multifaceted and is spread over many reforms and parliamentary acts. UK law is based on the relevant European Union rules, chiefly Regulation (EU) 1169/2011, which is implemented in the UK in the Food Information Regulations 2014,[1] the Food Information (Wales) Regulations 2014,[2] the Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014[3] and the Food Information Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014.[4] Regulations apply to the labelling of goods pre-packaged for sale and to the provision of information regarding non-prepacked (loose) foods.[5]

General rules

There are general rules applying to any food product:

Further information: British Approved Name

See also


  1. ^ Food Information Regulations 2014
  2. ^ The Food Information (Wales) Regulations 2014
  3. ^ The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014
  4. ^ The Food Information Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014
  5. ^ Food Standards Agency, Allergen guidance for food businesses, accessed 11 August 2022
  6. ^ "Nutrition labelling". Food Standards Agency. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Food labelling: giving food information to consumers". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Tesco customer in a pickle over labelling". BBC. 25 June 2019.
  9. ^ The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Centre for Food Safety. "Labelling Guidelines on Food Allergens, Food Additives And Date Format". Retrieved 2 April 2009.
  10. ^ "Food allergen labelling and information requirements" (PDF). Food Standards Agency. June 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2021.

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