Dominic Watkins, a partner and head of the food group with DWF, said the authorities had “probably not done enough”.
Speaking after the Food Manufacture Group’s webinar on the new food labelling rules last month, Watkins said: “These rules are incredibly complicated and you have to drill through all the detail to understand what needs to be done for your business.”
While large firms have the resources to prepare for the labelling changes, smaller-sized firms may find compliance more challenging, he said.
But David Pickering, team leader at the Trading Standards Institute promised his organisation would take a “proportionate and reasonable” approach when policing the new rules, after the December 13 deadline.
Alasdair Tucker, head of regulatory affairs at Premier Foods, complained of “various diversions and distractions and delays”, since news of the new food labelling rules was first announced in 2011.
Below, a timeline charts Premier Foods’ three-year journey in complying with the new labelling rules. To cope with the changes, Tucker explained how the firm had introduced a project management approach to simply the transition period.
Meanwhile, if you missed the webinar, you can listen to the hour-long recording after registering here.