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EU Food Allergen Labeling Regulation

Food allergen labeling

By December 13th 2014 all food labels in EU must identify allergens to comply with the European directive 1169/2011. The goal of the directive is to provide greater clarity to consumers on ingredients, nutrition and allergens. Manufacturers, retailers and food service operators need to clearly highlight food allergens within the ingredients list. 

NiceLabel solutions help you comply with minimum effort to setup and maintain.

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Allergen food labeling directive

Easy setup and easy maintenance

The new regulation requires you to clearly highlight allergens in the ingredients list, not in a separate text block. This requirement makes it difficult to encode the labels as a printer language template. NiceLabel Designer Pro makes it easier to comply using rich text objects.

NiceLabel generates smart label templates, allowing you to store product data in a database, not in a label design. This means you can use a single label template for all your products. This approach simplifies label design and management of product data.

  • Minimize number of label variations.
  • Easily manage product data.
  • Print more efficiently.

No changes to your existing data 

NiceLabel connects to your existing product data. It can highlight allergen ingredients without modifying your existing database. Simply add a table with the list of allergens and NiceLabel will automatically format the ingredients list.

  • No changes to existing product data.
  • One universal template for all products.
  • One simple print form with database and label preview.

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Modernize label printing process

NiceLabel solutions can further streamline your printing process if they are used on a touchscreen. Simplified visual data selection helps the user print labels faster with fewer errors.

  • Remove the keyboard and a mouse to reduce downtime.
  • Create a simple interface that requires no training.
  • Universal icons based interface that doesn't need to be translated.

Learn how Gate Gourmet simplified their labeling process.

The EU directive 1169/2011 at a glance

Scope of the new regulation

  • Mandatory nutrition information on processed foods;
  • Mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat from pigs, sheep, goats and poultry;
  • Highlighting allergens e.g. peanuts or milk in the list of ingredients;
  • Better legibility i.e. minimum size of text: letter x height needs to be at least 1.2mm
  • Requirements on information on allergens also cover non pre-packed foods including those sold in restaurants and cafés.

The 14 substances and products that cause allergies or intolerances

  • Cereals containing gluten
  • Celery 
  • Crustaceans
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Nuts 
  • Lupin
  • Milk
  • Molluscs
  • Mustard
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sulphur dioxide and sulphites

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