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April 17, 2018

Sale of non-prepacked food products: provisions about information to be given to final consumer and related sanctions (articles 19 and 23 of Legislative Decree No. 231/2017)

With the articles 19 and 23 of the Legislative Decree 15 December 2017 n. 231, provisions have been issued concerning the sale of non-prepacked food products and the related sanctions have been established in the event of failure to comply with the obligations envisaged.

The Decree in question enters into force on 9 May 2018.


Provisions foreseen by the Legislative Decree n. 231/2017


The Decree in question since 9 May 2018 has for the products:

  • food offered for sale to the final consumer or to the community without pre-packaging;
  • packed on the sales premises at the request of the consumer;
  • prepacked for direct sales purposes;
  • not constituting sales units as they are generally sold after splitting even if placed in protective packaging or wrapping;


excluding food that is supplied by the community, the obligation to have a special sign applied to the containers containing them or another equivalent system, including digital, easily accessible and recognizable, present in the sectors in which they are exposed and containing the following information:

  • the name of the food;
  • the list of ingredients, except for cases where the exemption is envisaged. The list of ingredients must also include substances or products that cause food allergies or intolerances as required by Community legislation;
  • the methods of conservation for rapidly perishable food products, where necessary;
  • the expiry date for fresh pasta and fresh pasta with filling;
  • the actual alcoholic strength by volume for beverages with alcohol content of more than 1.2 percent by volume;
  • the percentage of icing, considered tare, for frozen glazed products;
  • the "defrosted" designation, without prejudice to the cases of exemption provided.

The indications referred to above must be reported in Italian and be clearly visible and legible.

All information in the annex.