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Food exporters need to comply with EU labelling requirements
Monday, 11 September 2017
Filipino food exporters must comply with the labelling requirements of the European Union (EU) to seize more business opportunities in the huge market.  

Engr. Menandro Ortego, officer-in-charge for Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) Business Management Training Services Division, said mandatory label information include name of the food, list of ingredient, allergen labelling, net quantity, minimum durability date, storage condition, and name and address of manufacturer, packer or distributor.

Ortego noted it is imperative that other information be available on country of origin or place of provenance, instructions for use, actual alcoholic strength and nutrition declaration.

He noted that mandatory food information must be easily visible, clearly legible and indelible.

“Allergens must be highlighted in the list of ingredients,” Ortego said, identifying some of them as cereals containing gluten, crustaceans and crustacean products, eggs and egg products, fish and fish products except fish gelatin, nuts, and molluscs and molluscs products.

He added that the presence of engineered nanomaterials must be also indicated in the label.

Otego further said proteins added to meat products that are of a different animal origin, presence of added water on meat and fishery products if more than 5 percent of the finished product and vegetable origin of oils and fats must be indicated in the list of ingredients.

He said lot marking is also required, except for agricultural products sold or delivered to temporary storage, preparation or packaging stations and transported to manufacturers; foodstuff sold in bulk to the consumer; packages or containers with the largest side of having an area less than 10 centimeters; and individual portions of ice cream.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 September 2017 )