Regulation 1169/11 is the European norm concerning food information and it mainly results in a clear, accurate and proper labeling of food products.
As stated in the Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) website, this regulation has contributed to:
- improving the readability of the information given on the labels;
- specifying nutritional information as for the content of energy, fat, saturates and carbohydrates with specific reference to sugars and salt, expressed as amounts per 100 g or 100 ml or per portion;
- highlighting the presence of ingredients or processing aids likely to cause allergies by using a properly recognizable font which differs from the others in size, style or background color;
- sorting out the presence of nanomaterials;
- reporting the indications of allergenic ingredients even for non-prepacked food products sold at retail or in collective catering points;
- specifying the origin of pork, sheep, goat and poultry fresh meat;
- providing most of the mandatory information on the label before purchase in case of on-line or distance selling;
specifying the type of oils and fats being used;
- identifying the subject responsible for the presence and accuracy of food information, that is the operator by whose name or company name the product is being marketed or, should this operator not be established in the European Union, the relevant importer for the Union market;
- including additional requirements for defrosted products, combined pieces of meat or fish and replacement ingredients.
There are also national rules and regulations that you need to know, such as the mandatory milk origin for all dairy products which will be extended, in 2018, to pasta, rice and tomato derivatives and has already been applied to some categories (honey, oil, tomato sauce, fish…).
Getting to know the content and scope of these norms is essential for your own customers, for the consumers (such as we are) and in order not to risk penalties being imposed, whose decree is under issuance after being approved on 11.12.2017.
PI.GA. Service offers its expert advice and competence in order to support your business in drafting and reviewing food product labels, ingredient books and lists, in order to proactively and properly transpose the detailed applicable regulation.
As for the declaration of nutritional values, there are exemptions for the products listed in some 2016 directives, and your company can obtain them by means of lab testing, by deriving them from national and international databases o by calculating them.
By means of a validated calculation instrument connected to 4 databases, PI.GA. Service can get values which are close to the analytical ones, starting from the nutritional values of single ingredients and entering its own recipe/formulation.