The Food Information for Consumers Regulation is adding millions of pounds to the labelling and packaging costs of manufacturers and retailers. We chart their progress in complying with the new EU rules – due to be enforced on December 13 2014.
It's crucial to prevent food and drink safety recall incidents becoming crises, as Michelle Knott discovers.
The rapid change in consumer expectations when it comes to product labelling has had a palpable effect on retailers and is changing the way the food and drinks manufacturing industry is operating.
The Apprentice winner Alana Spencer has completed her bakery firm’s brand transition to Ridiculous Rich by Alana, as January proves to be its busiest month so far.
Food and drink manufacturers could benefit from a £837bn opportunity by making their brands’ sustainability credentials clearer, Unilever revealed, after researching global consumers’ buying habits.
Food fraud threats will be the focus of the prestigious City Food Lecture 2017 to be presented by Professor Chris Elliott at London’s Guildhall next month (February 21).
A new €2M project, led by the National Food Institute (NFI) at the Technical University of Denmark, will focus on developing new products to treat or prevent allergies.
Premium own-label food and drink sales revenue increased 13% in the 12 weeks to December 4, compared with the same period last year, Kantar Worldpanel has revealed.
Food manufacturers Boost and Boom, Source Foods, Monolith UK and Alivini recalled a number of food products last week, sparked by fears of lactose intolerance, poor food hygiene and food poisoning.
Food manufacturers could boost sales by including more information about nutrition and recipes on red meat packaging labels, claims the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Food and drink start-up businesses must use distinctive names and logos to protect their branding more effectively, urged Roythornes solicitor Lizzie Walters, after Iceland Foods’s row with the Icelandic government threatened to reach boiling point.
Exploiting four top chocolate trends – indulgence, premium, healthy and sustainability – will help manufacturers make the best of changing consumer trends, it was revealed in a Cargill report this week.
Food and drink ingredients makers should do more to fight bad science and misinformed consumer opinion, a leading trends analyst has claimed.
A confidential food crime hotline has been launched by the National Food Crime Unit (NFCU), which it hoped would encourage industry insiders to report offences.
Consumers in the UK continue to be misled that pork products, such as bacon, sold in some supermarkets and foodservice outlets is of British origin, when in fact it is sourced from countries overseas where animal welfare standards may be lower, the boss of the organisation representing UK pig producers has warned.
Bernard Matthews has agreed to a licensing deal with ITV to produce Thunderbirds Are Go turkey products, as the turkey producer blasts off it’s first-ever licensed range.
Many small food and drink manufacturers could soon be breaking the law – if they are not already – by putting misleading and, therefore, illegal information on their packs.
‘May contain’ precautionary labelling of foods for the accidental presence of allergens could become far more useful for those suffering allergies, as scientists develop a “risk management toolbox” for industry, covering threshold dose allergen action levels for specific allergens.
Moor Beer’s canned beer is the first in the world to be granted accreditation from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has rejected calls for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products.
The government should introduce mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products, urges a group of farming organisations.
Retailers’ use of “fake” farm brands has sparked a formal complaint from the National Farmers Union (NFU) to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
A guide designed to protect manufacturers from buying adulterated or substituted herbs and spices could herald a new era of collaboration between food industry organisations, its authors have claimed.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) plans to consider whether to expand its guidance to food manufacturers to cover food storage and freezing advice for consumers.
A ‘clean-label’ rice starch that is said to perform well under harsh processing conditions such as low pH, high temperature or high shear, has been introduced by Beneo.
A kebab manufacturer was ordered to pay more than £9,000 for illegally manufacturing cooked doner meat last week.
A high level of shopper awareness over the proposed sugar tax on soft drinks has not yet translated into any comparable change in shopper behaviour – but concern over sugar intake has increased – a new survey has revealed.
Burgers contaminated with plastic, salmon products infected with listeria and mislabelled soup sparked three food recalls last week by Asda, OT (Smoked Salmon) and Waitrose.
Salmon skewers, cheese snacks and breakfast snacks were some of the products recalled last month over reports of undeclared allergens, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Monsanto, the international agriculture and seeds company, said it was still open to “constructive conversations” after rejecting an offer from German chemicals company Bayer, which would have reportedly created the world’s biggest agriculture supplier.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has been accused of failing to protect the bakery industry from misleading information by the lobby group Real Bread Campaign (RBC).
Food manufacturers have been warned to ensure comprehensive risk management over allergens, after an Indian restaurant owner was sentenced to six years in prison this week following the death of a customer from anaphylactic shock.
A proposal to introduce activity-equivalent calorie labels from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), has been met with a cautious welcome from the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).
Discount retailer Lidl has recalled three of its products on fears that undeclared allergens were present in some of its foods.
Country of origin labelling (COOL) should be made mandatory for meat and milk, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have again highlighted.
The rise of single male households and an ageing population are the top two of 10 key food and drink trends from the influential Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), portrayed in this photogallery.
UK food manufacturers are losing millions of pounds, due to a big rise in EU red tape concerning unreported allergens on food packaging forcing up product recalls, warns new research from law firm EMW.
Snack food manufacturer Walkers has released special edition Salt & Victory crisps to mark Leicester City Football Club’s shock Premier League win, while Morgan Rum is to pay tribute to team captain Wes Morgan.
Food and drink manufacturers have denied claims made by consumer pressure group Which? that shrinking the pack size of products was a “sneaky way of increasing prices”.
The food environment in Europe in 2050 will look very different to what it is today as issues of food security and food safety increasingly overlap and present new challenges for the supply chain, according to the deputy director-general for the food chain at DG Santé.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has set out how it will use science, evidence and information to deliver food consumers can trust in three documents published today (February 23).
EU legislation designed to avoid consumers being mislead about the country of origin of ingredients contained in compound foods they purchase is likely to cause headaches for food manufacturers, according to a legal expert.
The rising popularity of rare burgers in the UK continues to worry food safety experts who fear that, unless proper controls are introduced on their sale in UK restaurants and their consumption at home, it will inevitably lead to more food poisoning outbreaks.
Sainsbury has recalled a chicken product on fears a packaging blunder may result in it containing undeclared milk and wheat, three days after recalling bread, which may contain metal pieces.
The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company has recalled black pudding slices because the wrong use by date was printed on the labels.
The inexorable rise of digital printing is the first of six key trends set to influence the global food and drink packaging industry next year, according to a new report from Mintel.
Suppliers of heart-health ingredients need to pursue new strategies if they are going to convince consumers that they have a place in their diets.
Guidance on making free-from claims has been published by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), with the support of Anaphylaxis Campaign and Coeliac UK.
Waitrose has been forced to recall jars of mint sauce that may contain shards of glass, as a number of supermarkets were hit by recalls this week.
Grocery think tank IGD is planning a range of new activities designed to help consumers improve their understanding of a nutritionally balanced diet and encourage healthier eating as it takes a more prominent role in trying to curb the UK’s obesity epidemic.
Clean labelling, free-from products and part-time vegetarian diets are among the top 10 food and drink trends for 2016, according to Innova Market Insights.
A new scheme to cut through the confusion of ‘may contain’ labelling is being proposed to help both manufacturers and consumers.
Moth larvae found in muesli for babies and mouldy chicken snacks have sparked food recalls over the past week.
Tesco has withdrawn 66,000 packs of garlic bread produced by Bakkavor after a number of packets were found to be underweight.
Texture and flavour were among the top six snacking trends that promised opportunities to manufacturers, according to Innova Marketing Insight.
Despite the horsemeat scandal, the government has weakened the Food Standards Agency (FSA) which tackles food fraud, the shadow environment secretary claimed today (September 29).
British Food Fortnight – the annual celebration of food and drink which begins tomorrow – has enlisted big name backing, including French chef Raymond Blanc, to promote the nation’s finest produce.
The deadline to implement the European Commission’s (EC’s)guidance on the classification of food extracts with colouring properties will end soon.
Professor Colin Dennis, who is to chair Food Manufacture Group’s food safety conference: Safer food and drink – from the harvest to the home – later this month, yesterday became the 76th president of the US Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an unreconstructed leftie who would make Labour unelectable. His fans – including many young people – see him as a man of principle whose views haven't been swayed in pursuit of popularity
Nearly half of British drinkers want clearer labelling of alcohol contents, while one in five people in the over 65 age group who drink alcohol consume “unsafe” levels, according to new research.
Business partners wanting to develop a range of gluten-free products received an offer on Dragons’ Den last night (August 9) and then blew it.
Explosive growth in internet sales of food and drink is causing big problems for manufacturers and regulators when it comes to ensuring compliance with the European Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation, also known as FIR in the UK, a senior government official has claimed.
Consumers around the world are more label-conscious than ever before, according to new research from global colouring foods firm GNT.
Many food manufacturers are not yet up to speed with vulnerability assessments – a focus of the new British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard, version 7, which came into force last month – a leading certification body has warned.
Lidl UK features in our roundup of recent food safety recalls, after the discount retailer recalled its Italiamo Cream of Potato & Spinach Soup, after discovering, due to a packaging error, some packs contained minestrone soup.
Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), which launched a campaign last year to see it enshrined in law.
Urgent action is needed to amend the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations (NHCR) to allow food and drink (F&D) manufacturers to make better use of them, a legal expert has claimed.
A meat processing firm in Northern Ireland has been ordered to pay more than £114,000, after its prosecution for serious food fraud offences.
The UK’s frozen food sector is celebrating a partial victory with the European Commission (EC) over a disagreement relating to the date labelling of frozen meat products required under the Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulations, which came into force last December.
Discount retail Lidl was one of two firms forced to recall products on food safety fears last week.
A new Scottish dairy brand has been launched to unlock to unlock premium market opportunities for Scottish dairy sector.
Heinz has been left red faced after a promotional quick response (QR) code on a bottle of ketchup sent a customer to a hardcore pornography website.
Consumers deserve the right to know the cheese and milk they buy is British, farm minister George Eustice will tell fellow agriculture ministers in Brussels today (June 16).
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published its latest five-year plan to protect food safety in a document headed: ‘Food we can trust’.
Dairy UK has slammed the European Commission’s (EC’s) rejection of mandatory country of origin (COOL) labelling for dairy in the EU and has vowed to push for national implementation instead.
The explosive growth in people “self-diagnosed” as suffering from food intolerances and those avoiding certain nutrients, such as gluten and dairy, for lifestyle reasons could be harmful, the head of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, which represents those with severe clinically diagnosed allergies, has warned.
As the food and drink manufacturing sector considers the impact of the Conservatives’ election victory, the Food Manufacture Group invites you to share your views about the industry's future.
Jail sentences for Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe and its former boss Justin King lead our Good news, bad news sideways look at this week’s top food industry headlines.
A beefed up Food Standards Agency (FSA) – will full powers restored to oversee food standards, hygiene and safety – is the centre piece of consumer pressure group Which?’s wish list from the next government.
Nine potentially dangerous products were recalled or withdrawn by food businesses in April over allergy fears stemming from undeclared ingredients, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Food giant Nestlé has suggested that the huge amount of data collected by companies such as itself and regulatory authorities like the Food Standards Agency (FSA) should be shared so that it can be ‘mined’ for information about emerging food safety problems.
Three cheddar, chicken and chocolate products were recalled this week because of fears they may endanger consumers’ safety.
Frozen food chain Iceland has recalled its Blackened Salmon Portions, after it disclosed they may have become contaminated with undeclared almonds.
Posh chocolate manufacturer and retailer Hotel Chocolat has withdrawn its ‘Milk Free Milk’ chocolates due to fears they may contain traces of milk, which were not mentioned on the product label.
Many food manufacturers are spending more than they intended on complying with the new EU labelling rules, set out in the Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), after details about compliance arrived late and were confusing to interpret, claimed law firm Roythornes.
Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.
The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through healthy lifestyles.
The food industry has slammed accusations made in a book, claiming the sector was knowingly misleading consumers about food ingredients and production processes.
Manufacturers have been urged to raise their voices in the fight against plans to introduce mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) for meat used in processed food, which recently won the backing of the European Parliament but has yet to become law in the EU.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is probing the presence of unlabelled almonds in three food products recalled since the end of last month.
Country of origin meat labelling (COOL) for processed food has won the backing of the EU Parliament, which is urging the European Commission to enshrine it in legislation.
The food and drink industry may be among the first sectors to be hit, if the UK votes to quit the EU in two years’ time and firms should start planning to minimise the disruption that may follow.
UK food and drink exporters could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to US exports, following a successful outcome to the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade talks – but don’t expect extra sales anytime soon.
Food firms that fail to comply with the Food Information for Consumers Regulations (FIR) will feel the enforcers’ sting later this year, a leading food lawyer has warned.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has welcomed the conviction of Michael Redhead, company director of Michael Redhead Associates Limited, for food fraud after hoodwinking Iceland Foods.
Kingsmill manufacturer Allied Bakeries (AB) will use 100% sustainable palm oil and derivatives in its products, the bread giant announced on January 30.
The growing trend for serving rare burgers in restaurants across the country has raised serious concerns by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) about the increased risk of food poisoning through minced beef patties that haven’t been cooked sufficiently to kill off dangerous pathogens they may contain.
The boss of Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse is the first person to face jail after admitting criminal charges connected to the horsemeat scandal.
Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.
Costs are set to rise as a result of new EU legislation designed to simplify food date labelling and reduce food waste.
The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.
It’s been another busy year for the Food Manufacture Group. We travelled the country to bring you the latest news and views online and in print and event formats about the hottest topics facing UK food and drink manufacturers in 2014.
The Royal Society of Public Health’s call for calorie labelling of alcoholic drinks is a timely reminder that drinks contribute to energy intake.
Manufacturers must avoid misleading consumers into thinking natural products are intrinsically healthier for them, an industry expert has urged.
Retailers face bills of up to £100k per product line if they stumble over labelling changes required by the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR), which takes effect from December 13.
Food manufacturers have been issued with a five-point check list guide to the EU’s new food labelling rules, due to be implemented tomorrow (December 13).
Nutritional policies and front-of-pack guidance on food products are failing to improve public health and curb the UK’s obesity epidemic, according to a leading expert.
A tobacco-style regulation should be introduced to reduce children’s exposure to “unhealthy” food products and help to protect and promote healthy diets, according to health campaigners and consumer advocates.
Nearly half of products labelled with a ‘may contain’ allergen warning were allergen free in survey of more than 1,000 pre-packaged processed food samples conducted by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.
The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has slammed a European Court of Justice ruling that pig and poultry meat recovered under low pressure must be labelled as mechanically separated meat (MSM).
Marks & Spencer is believed to be investigating the UK launch of a gluten-free (GF) beer, to complement its range of GF foods.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has ditched its original Freedom Food logo in a bid to attract more food businesses and consumers, the charity has revealed.
Seafood industry bosses have developed a seafood traceability and financial tool in response to industry concerns about food fraud.
The Food Standards Agency is undergoing “major restructuring” creating an estimated 50 new jobs as it sets up the food crime unit (FCU) following the publication of Professor Chris Elliott’s report into last year’s horsemeat scandal.
Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.
Changes to food allergen rules could cost £200M for foodservice operators, with smaller businesses among those set to struggle the most, according to the British Hospitality Association (BHA).
Individually wrapped portions of free-from foods will be needed in restaurants and other catering outlets to meet increasing numbers of consumers with allergies and food intolerances, a leading expert has claimed.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no slip-ups over country of origin labelling on the part of retailers and wholesalers in results of a UK and Ireland study published today (July 29).
Draft guidance on the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 2014 was issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last month.
The European Commission (EC) is investigating the UK's voluntary front-of-pack traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, following complaints from Member States (MS), which argued it influenced consumer choice and was an infringement of the internal market.
Consumers could be put off eating fish, if new EU rules governing the labelling dates of frozen fish are not better defined, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has warned.
The food industry must continue to remove ‘display until’ food and drink labels, as they are confusing shoppers and fuelling needless waste, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) claims.
Supermarkets and manufacturers are struggling to make the labelling changes required on the tens of thousands of products they sell to comply with the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), which will come into force on December 13.