Food labelling can provide consumers with the information they need and desire to make food choices.
Food labels may tell consumers about:
  • the qualities of a product
  • the appropriate use of the product
  • the benefits of the product
  • possible risks from the product
  • where and how a product is produced
Labels may influence the quality of food products and facilitate fairness in the market. Whether a food label is mandatory or voluntary, there are guiding principles which must be followed.

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last updated:  Tuesday, September 3, 2013