EU Food Allergen Regulation

Are your labels compliant?

EU Food Allergen Regulation

Are your labels compliant?

EU directive 1169 / 2011 has been active since December 2014, regulating among others, the way substances in food products that can cause allergies or intolerances, should be presented. It aims to make more distinct to consumers, food ingredients that can cause allergic incidence.

Affected substances and products

  • Cereals containing gluten (wheat, rye, oats etc.)
  • Celery
  • Crustacean shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp etc.)
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lupins
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Tree nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans etc.)

Labeling Requirements

The regulation indicates that allergens should be distinctive and presented on labels in the following ways:

  1. Font Size: The minimum required font size of text should be at least 1.2mm
  2. Emphasis: Text should be emphasized either in bold or underlined, or both.

Furthermore, allergens should be included in the ingredient list and not in a separate position on the label.

Ensure your compliance with Plantecho

Plantecho can help your business comply with this directive, through its flexible Labeling module, that includes out-of-the-box functionality to support the need for food allergen regulation compliance.

You can either use one of the templates provided with Plantecho or import your own label designs. Plantecho can distinguish and emphasize ingredients listed as allergens to ensure your product labels are suitable for distribution and fully compliant with the EU directive.

Plantecho Labeling module

Plantecho Labeling module is a built-in functionality that comes as part of the overall system, whether it is applied as a production or inventory management system. The Labeling module is very easy to use and provides great flexibility in a way that allows any custom label design to be connected with your product definitions and inventory data, to produce the outcome that specifically meets your business needs.

Advantages of labeling module include:

  • Central labeling management system
  • Minimization of label variations
  • Elimination of user entry data errors
  • Increased productivity and decreased operational costs thought automation

Areas that labeling can be applied:

  • Labeling of inventory items for in-house use
  • Traceablity of goods with barcode application
  • Labeling of consumable products with product specific information
  • Labeling of transportation units for logistic purposes (containers, boxes, pallets etc.)

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