FSAI seeks views on Regulations on “Small Food Quantities”

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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) are seeking views and opinions on EU regulations that allow for some prepacked food products to be exempt from displaying nutrition information in order that the definition of “small quantities” be defined.

Small Food Quantities defintions

From 16 December 2016, EU Regulations will require that most prepacked food products must provide mandatory nutritional information. However, the Regulation does provide a number of exceptions*, (*the full list of the exemptions is available on the FSAI website), one of which is the manufacture of small amounts of foods that are supplied directly by the manufacturer to the consumer or to local retailers.

FSAI seeks opinions via online questionnaire

The FSAI wishes any interested parties to log onto their website and complete the online questionnaire here. 

The consultation will close on 22nd August 2016.

The EU has not defined ‘small quantities of products’ or ‘local’ in the legislation and have advised that each have advised that each Member State must provide a definition in their local market. Dr Pamela Byrne, Chief Executive, FSAI says   “We actively encourage all interested parties to submit their views via the online consultation, so that their opinion and position can be taken into consideration when the definition is being formulated.”

“This definition will be ultimately transposed into Irish law and is likely to have an impact on food producers and retailers”.

Read more on the FSAI website