The developments in the food sector and particularly in the nutrition labelling sector require food business operators and mass caterers (restaurants, hospitals, canteens, etc.) to be prepared properly and on time so that by the end of 2016 beginning the application of Regulation 1169 provisions / 2011 / EU is ready to meet the requirements.
The nutrition declaration must take mandatory energy value (*), protein, fat and saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugars and sodium (salt).
It may also, depending on the nature of the food, comprise cholesterol, starch, vitamins, trace elements etc.
(*): The energy value calculated from the carbohydrate values of fat, protein and dietary fiber.
Apart of the legal requirements, the increased interest of consumers in a balanced diet led the European food industry to the voluntary adoption of a single system to indicate the nutritional information (GDAs) in order to ensure uniformity in the graphical display, correcting the labels foodstuffs and to enable consumers to be more aware of the nutritional choices.
By the term Guideline Daily Amount we mean the total daily amount of calories, sugar, fat and sodium should be received from a healthy adult. By this way the consumer can evaluate each food and choose what is suitable for his needs.
Our company provides consulting services based on the nutritional analysis of your products for proper display of your nutritional labelling and product label as a whole.
With respect to the protection of vulnerable groups of consumers from food-borne allergies and intolerances which are caused by certain "allergens", food components required by the National and Union (Articles 9, 21, 44 and Annex II to Regulation 1169/2011, Article 11 of Beverage Food Code), to be labelled with respect to allergenic ingredients contained in each type of food, prepackaged or bulk sale. About 2% of adults and 5% of children suffer from some form of food allergy. An undeclared allergen food can cause serious complications in the health of the consumer, or even endanger his life, so the correct labelling would be an effective measure to combat food allergies. The list of substances and products which, in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011, that must be printed on the labelling of foods because of their allergenic action, includes 14 substances and products.
Our company undertakes with minimal cost to study the possible presence of allergenic ingredients in your products and provide the required legislation information to your customers on allergenic ingredients in foods that:
• are been offered as non pre-packaged for sale (or to the final consumer or to mass caterers)
• are been pre-packed for direct sale
• are been packed on the sales premises at the request of the buyer
• are been available for sale as non-pre-packaged with communication means (ie ordering by phone or website or other means). In this case, the relevant information must be provided before making order, but is also available at the time of delivery.
Businesses are required to provide information to their customers on allergenic ingredients contained in a non pre-packed foods available are: mass caterers, companies manufacturing and selling retail as confectioneries, bakeries, ice cream, etc., companies selling retails, such as supermarkets, grocery stores, street markets etc.
Mandatory information should be readily available and accessible to the sales-promotional space of non-prepacked food or where the sale distance before making the purchase. It should be easily to read and should be provided to the consumer in any case before sales of foodstuff.
They should be given mandatory in Greek language and further allow the provision of multilingual information. The declaration of allergens may be given orally, but there also must be a notice in the facility in a conspicuous place readily visible and accessible that invites the consumer to contact the personnel of the company in order to be informed of substances or products causing allergies or intolerances in sold food.
Other declarations may be shown on the packaging of food or on a label attached thereto or in written, or electronically or by any other appropriate means. In any case the transfer of information before disposing of food to the consumer ,should be ensured. Also any change in the composition of a product or in the way of preparation, it is reviewed for the presence of allergens.
Our company ensures the safety of the food you prepare, protecting public health, your customers and of course your business reputation.