Food labelling e-learning course
FIC mandatory particulars

FIC mandatory particulars

Image of FIC-compliant label showing as many aspects as possible of: ingredients list, nutrition declaration, origin statement, name of the food, weight/volume mark, date, storage instructions, business name and address, instructions for use

The FIC provides a list of basic items of information to be provided with prepacked food for caterers or consumers. Some items are only required in particular circumstances and there are also specific exemptions for particular foods or circumstances.

Mandatory particulars

The list of 'mandatory particulars' for a prepacked food comprises:

  • a name of the food
  • a list of ingredients
  • an indication of intentionally used allergens or allergen derivatives
  • a quantification of particular ingredients (a 'QUID' indication)
  • a net quantity statement (usually weight or volume)
  • a 'best before' or 'use by' date
  • storage conditions and/or conditions of use where necessary
  • name and address of the business taking responsibility for the food information
  • an origin statement (for some products and/or in some circumstances)
  • instructions for use where necessary
  • an alcoholic strength by volume statement for beverages with an alcohol by volume above 1.2%
  • a nutrition declaration

Exemptions from certain mandatory particulars

There are several exemptions from the above mandatory particulars for particular foods in particular circumstances. These are covered in the individual modules on each mandatory particular where these exist. But there are generally applicable small-pack exemptions:

  • Food in packaging or containers where the largest surface has an area of less than 25cm2 is exempt from the nutrition declaration.
  • Food in packaging or containers where the largest surface has an area of less than 10cm2 has only to be marked with a name of the food, allergen labelling, a net quantity, and a 'best before' or 'use by' date. The ingredients list must also be provided but this can be by other, off-label means (for example, via a website, telephone helpline, catalogue, notice or upon request).

Not covered elsewhere are the exemptions for glass bottles intended for reuse that are indelibly marked and have no label, ring or collar. These must only have a subset of the mandatory particulars. EU member states can exempt milk bottles of the above type from all mandatory information requirements; the UK is taking up this exemption.