CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
Subject matter and scope
1. This Regulation provides the basis for the assurance of a high level of consumer protection in relation to food information, taking into account the differences in the perception of consumers and their information needs whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of the internal market.
2. This Regulation establishes the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food information, and in particular food labelling. It lays down the means to guarantee the right of consumers to information and procedures for the provision of food information, taking into account the need to provide sufficient flexibility to respond to future developments and new information requirements.
3. This Regulation shall apply to food business operators at all stages of the food chain, where their activities concern the provision of food information to consumers. It shall apply to all foods intended for the final consumer, including foods delivered by mass caterers, and foods intended for supply to mass caterers. This Regulation shall apply to catering services provided by transport undertakings when the departure takes place on the territories of the Member States to which the Treaties apply.
4. This Regulation shall apply without prejudice to labelling requirements provided for in specific Union provisions applicable to particular foods.
MANDATORY FOOD INFORMATION
Content and presentation
List of mandatory particulars
1. In accordance with Articles 10 to 35 and subject to the exceptions contained in this Chapter, indication of the following particulars shall be mandatory:
(a) the name of the food;
(b) the list of ingredients;
(c) any ingredient or processing aid listed in Annex II or derived from a substance or product listed in Annex II causing allergies or intolerances used in the manufacture or preparation of a food and still present in the finished product, even if in an altered form;
(d) the quantity of certain ingredients or categories of ingredients;
(e) the net quantity of the food;
(f) the date of minimum durability or the ‘use by’ date;
(g) any special storage conditions and/or conditions of use;
(h) the name or business name and address of the food business operator referred to in Article 8(1);
(i) the country of origin or place of provenance where provided for in Article 26;
(j) instructions for use where it would be difficult to make appropriate use of the food in the absence of such instructions;
(k) with respect to beverages containing more than 1,2 % by volume of alcohol, the actual alcoholic strength by volume;
(l) a nutrition declaration.
1. The mandatory nutrition declaration shall include the following:
(a) energy value; and
(b) the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt.
Where appropriate, a statement indicating that the salt content is exclusively due to the presence of naturally occurring sodium may appear in close proximity to the nutrition declaration.
7. By 13 December 2014, the Commission, taking into account scientific evidence and experience acquired in Member States, shall submit a report on the presence of trans fats in foods and in the overall diet of the Union population. The aim of the report shall be to assess the impact of appropriate means that could enable consumers to make healthier food and overall dietary choices or that could promote the provision of healthier food options to consumers, including, among others, the provision of information on trans fats to consumers or restrictions on their use. The Commission shall accompany this report with a legislative proposal, if appropriate.