Help offered to Denbighshire food producers over new legislation

Denbighshire County Council is encouraging food producers and packers to contact them if they are unsure of new legislation.

Mandatory nutrition labelling for pre-packed food came into force in December and the Council wants to help businesses communicate this information correctly.

The legislation will affect the majority of businesses producing pre-packed foods and although some packers have had food with this information on their label for a while, others will find this requirement new.

There is an exemption for small artisan packers.

A Council spokesman said: “The existing food regulations make it a mandatory requirement for pre-packed foods to be labelled with the energy value and kilocalories and the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugar, protein and salt. 

“The information and any supplementary nutrients should appear directly on the package or on a label attached to the food in a clear format for consumers to understand.” 

Denbighshire’s Food Team is considering arranging a business seminar to explain how these changes can be achieved if there is sufficient interest from local businesses.

Anyone interested should contact foodsafety@denbighshire.gov.uk  for more information.  

Posted on Thursday 26th January 2017