Food labelling and packaging in international trade


Foods intended for the European Union (EU) countries must comply with EU and national legislation. Controls can be complex and can change frequently to accommodate public health concerns – legislation is currently being revised for most types of food. For example, certain foods may be banned or restricted. Most food can move freely within the EU once requirements are met. Food imported from outside the EU must comply with EU food hygiene requirements and may also be subject to further EU restrictions.

All the rules are aimed at protecting consumers and providing food traceability, which includes the right labelling and packaging requirements. This means that traders should see these labelling requirements as part of their requirement to provide an audit trail for their goods.

Food Trade Affairs provides advice on food labelling and packaging for international traders, contact us. 

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