Food information - the FIC and beyond
The term 'mandatory food information' covers both the requirements laid out in the FIC and the extra requirements for particular products.
This all-encompassing mandatory food information includes, for instance, the cocoa solids declaration on chocolate, the fruit and sugar declarations on jam, and the quality-related class information on poultry, meat, eggs and some fruit and vegetables. There are some general rules in the FIC for the information:
- It should cover the areas of: the characteristics of the food, the protection of consumers' health, the safe use of the food, the nutritional characteristics of the food.
- In distance-selling transactions it should all be available before the purchase is concluded (other than the durability date).
- Where food is non-prepacked, it should nevertheless be passed along the supply chain.
- Where food is prepacked, it should be marked on the package or an attached label.
- It should be easily visible, clearly legible, indelible, and not hidden, obscured, detracted from or interrupted by other material (but requirements from product-specific legislation are not subject to the specific minimum font size requirement of the FIC - see the page on Legibility).
- It must all be in a language easily understood in the area where the food is marketed.