EU regulation No. 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (FIC) is a European Union directive that affects both manufacturers and retailers whose intended market is the European Union. It applies to food business operators at all stages of the food-supply chain, where their activities concern the provision of food information to consumers. This Regulation is also referred to as the EU Food Information regulation (FIR).
The directive concerns the display of product information on product packaging and online stores; pertaining to food and beverages sold in the EU. The purpose of the legislation is to standardize food labelling and provide greater clarity to consumers on ingredients, nutrition and allergens. It also facilitates traceability of food stuffs for the purpose of health, security and sustainability.
Since December 2014, food and beverage manufacturers must be in compliance with the legislation. Online retailers must ensure that the information they provide conforms to the regulation and it must be identical to the product information provided on the manufacturers physical packaging. Compliance with the legislation will ensure that product information is consistent throughout the supply chain at every consumer touch-point, both in-store and online.
Failure to comply with the legislation can result in legal action being taken against retailers and manufacturers. Each member of the European Union has implemented their own enforcement procedures.
Using the GS1 GDSN Data Model within SyncManager, food manufacturers and brand owners can ensure compliance with the Food Information Regulation. Any product data published through SyncManager is validated against the requirements of the regulation. Users can:
We were pleasantly surprised to be publishing EU1169 compliant data within a few weeks of using the SyncManager service from LANSA.