Safety labelling

There is growing consumer and industry interest in food labelling: the industry is concerned about informing potential consumers of the “qualities” of their products and many consumers actively seek information to facilitate product choices that meet their health needs and are consistent with their values.

Government authorities seek to ensure that the information provided on food packages is useful, credible and presented clearly so that it does not mislead the consumer.

Mandatory labeling gives consumers warnings, instructions and other types of information which are deemed by regulatory authorities to be important for the consumer's welfare. Authorities also provide guidance on voluntary labelling. FAO:

  • provides guidance to authorities on the development of national labelling regulations that are consistent with Codex Guidelines and that meet national needs
  • support programmes to promote correct interpretation of labels information by consumers.

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last updated:  Tuesday, September 3, 2013