Food safety is hugely important as it touches the lives of more than 4 billion people in the European Union. Consumers need to have the utmost confidence in the food they buy and operators have a responsibility to ensure quality.
Within the European Union, the EU General Food Law Regulation is the foundation of food and feed requirements. It sets out a framework for the development of food and feed legislation both at Union and national levels.
To this end, it lays down general principles, requirements and procedures that underpin decision making in matters of food and feed safety. Under the ‘farm-to-fork’ strategy, the Commission has thus decided to revise EU rules on the information provided to consumers.
The proposal to revise the provision of food information to consumers aims to ensure better labelling information to help consumers make healthier and more sustainable food choices and tackle food waste, by introducing standardised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling, extending mandatory origin or provenance information for certain products, revising the rules on date marking (‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates).