The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has introduced S.I. 559 of 2016 European Union (Provision of Food Information to Consumers) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2016.
The document was released together with the agency’s reminder on the upcoming implementation of mandatory nutrition labeling on pre-packed food products. The EU Regulations aim to provide consumers with more informed options when buying food.
The agency has noted the exemption from the regulations of “small quantities of foods that are supplied directly by the manufacturer to the consumer or to local retailers for direct supply to the consumer.”
The new law specifies the following definitions:
- ‘Small quantities’ of food is defined as (a) 250 kilograms or liters per week or 13,000 kilograms or liters of products per year or (b) 500 units per week or 26,000 units per year.
- ‘Local’ is defined as not more than 100km from where the product is manufactured.
This new law is based on EU Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 that will be implemented on December 13, 2016.