Since December 2014, EU regulations have required all food businesses to provide consumers with certain information in relation to unpackaged food products. This is part of the broader food labelling requirements of EU Regulation 1169/2011.
The key points of the legislation:
- Food businesses in Ireland must provide information on food allergens in non-prepacked foods they sell or supply.
- There are 14 allergens specified in the legislation.
- The allergen information must be provided in written form. (An electronic display counts as a ‘written form’.)
- The information must be “freely and easily available before the sale or supply” and be “in a conspicuous place”.
- In the case of online sales, the information must be provided “before the purchase is concluded” or “at the moment of delivery”.
- The Regulations apply to a wide range of organisations, including supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, school and college canteens, contract caterers and charitable organisations.
- The Regulations also apply to food supplied free of charge, such as free samples or food supplied by charities.
The provisions relating to non-prepacked products are implemented in Ireland by Statutory Instrument No. 489 of 2014. Full details of the legislation can be found on the Food Safety Authority’s website. There is also a useful guidance note on food allergen information for non-prepacked foods in Ireland.
CommerceWare designs software solutions that enable our clients to manage food information efficiently and reliably. If your business supplies non-prepacked food products, please contact us. Our software will help you manage food allergens, calorie count and place of origin details in an efficient and reliable way, as well as making it much easier for consumers to find the food products that meet their dietary requirements.