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Food advice

Advice on a wide range of food related issues from labelling to legislation.

Thinking of selling food online?

The Food Standards Agency has published some good guidance for businesses on how to legally sell food online. 

Compulsory Nutritional Labelling rules from 13 December 2016 and exemptions

On December 13 2016, it will be compulsory, for pre-packed foods (food supplied from a food business to another retailer for sale) to display nutritional information.

The minimum nutrients which must be displayed per 100g or 100ml are:
Per 100g or per 100ml:
energy - kcal/kJ
fat - g:
- of which saturates - g
carbohydrate - g:
- of which sugars - g
protein - g
salt - g

Supplementary indications may also be given in the format below:
energy - kcal/kJ
fat - g:
- of which saturates - g
- of which monounsaturates - g
- of which polyunsaturates - g
carbohydrate - g:
- of which sugars - g
- of which polyols - g
- of which starch - g
fibre - g
protein - g
salt - g
vitamins and minerals - in the units specified

You may be permitted to give additional nutritional information in this format per portion or specified serving, such as per biscuit or per 230g serving.

There are some exemptions from nutritional labelling. These are:

1. Unprocessed products that comprise a single ingredient or category of ingredients
2. Processed products which the only processing they have been subjected to is maturing and that comprise a single ingredient or category of ingredients
3. Waters intended for human consumption, including those where the only added ingredients are carbon dioxide and/or flavourings
4. A herb, a spice or mixtures thereof
5. Salt and salt substitutes
6. Table top sweeteners
7. Products covered by Directive 1999/4/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 February 1999 relating to coffee extracts and chicory extracts ( 1 ), whole or milled coffee beans and whole or milled decaffeinated coffee beans
8. Herbal and fruit infusions, tea, decaffeinated tea, instant or soluble tea or tea extract, decaffeinated instant or soluble tea or tea extract, which do not contain other added ingredients than flavourings which do not modify the nutritional value of the tea
9. Fermented vinegars and substitutes for vinegar, including those where the only added ingredients are flavourings
10. Flavourings
11. Food additives
12. Processing aids
13. Food enzymes
14. Gelatine
15. Jam setting compounds
16. Yeast
17. Chewing-gums
18. Food in packaging or containers the largest surface of which has an area of less than 25 cm 2
19. Food, including handcrafted food, directly supplied by the manufacturer of small quantities of products to the final consumer or to local retail establishments directly supplying the final consumer. Definition of small and local (pdf format, Kb)

Further technical advice can be found here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-guidance-on-nutrition-labelling

Food Information Regulations - from 13 December 2014

Read the DEFRA Guidance to the Food Information Regulations

The law requiring display of country of origin on fresh and frozen swine, sheep, poultry and goat meat, which will apply from the 1st of April 2015, has been agreed and can be found on the following website.

Minced meat

A calculator for butchers produced by DEFRA to use to calculate the fat and collagen content of mince

New rules on Country of Origin labelling come into force 1st April 2015

From 2015 swine, meat of sheep, goats and poultry must be labelled with the following. (This is in addition to the rules already in place for beef.)

  • ‘Reared in: (name of the Member State or third country)’

For swine

In case the animal is slaughtered older than 6 months, the Member State or third country in which the last rearing period of at least 4 months took place should be indicated.

If the animal is slaughtered younger than 6 months and with a live weight of at least 80 kilograms, the Member State or third country in which the rearing period after the animal has reached 30 kilograms took place, should be indicated.

If the animal is slaughtered younger than 6 months and with a live weight of less than 80 kilograms, the Member State or third country in which the whole rearing period took place should be indicated;

For sheep and goats

The Member State or third country in which the last rearing period of at least 6 months took place or, in case the animal is slaughtered younger than 6 months, the Member State or third country in which the whole rearing period took place.

For poultry

The Member State or third country in which the last rearing period of at least one month took place or, in case the animal is slaughtered younger than one month, the Member State or third country in which the whole rearing period after the animal was placed for fattening took place;

  •  ‘Slaughtered in’ and
  • the batch code identifying the meat supplied to the consumer or mass caterer.

If the food business operator proves to local authority that the meat has been obtained from animals born, reared and slaughtered in one single country then ‘Origin:’ can be used.

Where several pieces of meat, of the same or of different species,  are reared and slaughtered in different countries, and are presented in the same pack, the label shall indicate:

  • the list of the relevant Member States or third countries
  • the batch code

The Regulations also cover the labelling of trimmings and minced meat. Please follow this link for more information.
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:335:0019:0022:EN:PDF

Food alerts

For the latest warnings about food products, take a look at the Food Standards Agency's Food Alerts page.

Disposal of waste foods in Oxfordshire

This guide is for businesses who are left with raw or lightly cooked meat of fish which is no longer intended for human consumption.

More information

Last reviewed
09 May 2017
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