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).

Applicability of EU1169

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.

Compliance with the FIR and Enforcement

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.

Food Labeling

SyncManager – Grocery EU 1169 Compliance Industry Solution

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:

  • Capture grocery product data through the state-of-the-art User Interface (UI), Import from existing file sources like spreadsheets, or Integrate existing enterprise applications like your ERP, PLM or Recipe Management systems.
  • Organize product data in a structured way so it becomes easy to interpret and consume for the purpose of enrichment and sharing. Easily create Views, Layouts, Lists and Filters to interact with your Grocery item product data.
  • Enrich records by creating custom attributes to capture additional product data, like images, files or internal data. Using the UI or import facility build-out product descriptions in multiple languages or capture trading partner specific attributes.
  • Validate your grocery product data against the EU1169 requirements, assess levels of compliance against product category groupings or at an individual item level. Only publish validated items and maintain an audit trail of changes made to records.
  • Collaborate with other SyncManager users to quickly and efficiently achieve compliance goals. Create tasks and events, assign to other users and build workflow procedures. Use the built-in messenger feature and work collaboratively on records simultaneously.
  • Share and synchronize validated EU1169 product data using the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Build connections to other networks using Web Services, publish ‘In-Platform’ to other SyncManager Accounts or create reusable Trading Partner Profiles to export custom sets of attributes as Spreadsheets, XML or JSON messages.
Industry Data Model

We were pleasantly surprised to be publishing EU1169 compliant data within a few weeks of using the SyncManager service from LANSA.

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Ramona Schiefer
Head of Compliance/Quality Management at J. Gschwandtner Import GmbH