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Last modified: January 12, 2017

Warnings on labels

On December 13, 2014, the EU’s new “Food Information to Consumers (FIC)” Regulation 1169/2011 became applicable.  Annex III to the FIC regulation establishes a list of products that require a warning label:

  • Foods whose durability has been extended by means of packaging gases
  • Foods containing sweeteners (authorized under Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008)
  • Foods containing added sugar and sweeteners (authorized under Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008)
  • Foods containing aspartame (authorized under Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008)
  • Foods containing more than 10 percent added polyols (authorized under Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008)
  • Confectionery and beverages containing licorice (glycyrrhizinic acid or its ammonium salt)
  • Beverages containing more than 150mg/l of caffeine and foods with added caffeine
  • Foods or food ingredients with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols or phytostanol esters

Annex V to Food Additives Regulation 1333/2008 requires foodstuffs containing the food colors sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122), allura red (E129), tartrazine (E102) and ponceau 4R (E124) to be labeled “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”.

Any non-edible parts of a packaging system that consumers could mistake for food must be labeled with the words “DO NOT EAT” and where technically possible carry the following warning symbol: