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EU Food Labelling Standards

Under new European Union rules, manufacturers will be required to provide particular nutritional information by December 2016. But any manufacturer that chooses to provide front-of-pack information must comply with the current EU regulation.

Overview 1

To sell food and drink products, the label must be:

  • Clear and easy to read

  • Permanent

  • Easy to understand

  • Easily visible

  • Not misleading

Overview 2

You must show certain basic information and list the ingredients. You might also have to show certain warnings.

There are special regulations for labelling wine.

Products sold loose or in catering businesses

If you run a catering business, you sell food loose or package it for sale in your shop, you only need to show:


  • The name of the food

  • Allergen information

  • Certain warnings

  • Any food additive you have added

  • If any of the ingredients have been irradiated, or have come from genetically modified sources.


Currently, food and drink labels often differ in the range of nutritional information provided. Currently, there is no law forcing retailers and manufacturers to display such information unless the product makes a nutritional claim. For instance, nutritional information must be on a product that claims to be 'low fat' or if vitamins or minerals have been added to the product.

Why print your own labels? Because in short runs, it's better, cheaper, faster and more flexible to print your own than using a commercial printer. This is especially true when you need limited quantities of labels for a wide variety of products that may only be made to order or only occasionally available.

Here at Bar Code data we support the solution with a number of self-contained printers and software we highly recommend the Sato Th2 Range, the Zebra GX430 Zebra Desktop 300dpi Printer and the brother TD-2130N.

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Sato TH2 Standalone Range

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