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Interactive supply chain FIC information flow diagram

The FIC requires the provision of food information, ultimately to caterers and consumers. The information must flow along the supply chain so that these obligations can be met. How the information is passed on depends on what form the food is in and the nature of the trading partners. In the diagram below, further intermediaries, e.g. wholesalers, may be involved between the processor and the retailer or caterer. In this case, the processor's food information obligations to the wholesaler, and the wholesaler's food information obligations to the retailer or caterer are the same as if the supply was directly from the processor to the retailer or caterer.


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Ingredients for chocolate flavoured sponge


Link from 'bulk ingredients' to 'processor'.

This transaction is outside the direct scope of the FIC but the supplier should pass on the information which will be required ultimately for the final consumer or caterer.

'Loose food' link from 'processor' to 'caterer' or 'retailer'

Information needs to be passed on to enable the provision of required information to the consumer. Under the FIC, this will comprise at least allergen information. Additional indications may be required to be passed on to retailers for their customers under national rules.

'Prepacked food' link from 'processor' to 'caterer' or 'retailer'.

Full FIC information required but can be provided in commercial documents as long as name, date, storage and business name and address are given on external packaging.

'Loose or prepacked for direct sale' link from 'caterer' to 'consumers'.

Only allergen information required for the consumer.

'Loose or prepacked for direct sale' link from 'retailer' to 'consumers'.

Allergen information required. Additional indications may be required under national rules.

'Presented as loose food' link from 'caterer' to 'consumers'.

Only allergen information required for the consumer.

'Unchanged Prepacked food' link from 'retailer' to 'consumers'.

Full FIC information required. To be marked on the pack or on a label attached to it.

'Unchanged Prepacked food' link from 'caterer' to 'consumers'.

Full FIC information required. To be marked on the pack or on a label attached to it.