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February 15, 2018

Food labeling: EU clarifications regarding the correct application of the provisions concerning the declaration of the quantity of QUID ingredients

The European Commission, with the Communication n. 2017 / C 393/05, clarified the correct application of the obligation to indicate the quantity of ingredients (QUID) in the labeling of foodstuffs.

Indications provided by the Communication n. 2017 / C 393/05

The European Commission explains

  • when there is an obligation to indicate the quantity of ingredients or of a category of ingredients (QUID) in food labeling;
  • to cases of derogation from the obligation to indicate the quantity of ingredients or of a category of ingredients (QUID);
  • to the expression forms of the quantity of ingredients or of a category of ingredients (QUID);
  • to the positions where the quantity of ingredients or of a category of ingredients (QUID) must be reported in the labeling of food products.

Recall that the indication of the amount of an ingredient or category of ingredients (QUID) used in the manufacture or preparation of a food is required when such ingredient or category of ingredients:

  • figure in the denomination of the food or is generally associated with that denomination by the consumer;
  • is highlighted in the labeling by means of words, images or a graphic representation;
  • it is essential to characterize a food and distinguish it from products with which it could be confused due to its name or its appearance.