New food legislation: providing information about products

The Ukrainian Centre for European Policy prepared an article “New food legislation: providing information about products” for BlogActiv.

Thanks to the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, significant changes will be made to the national food legislation, including the regulation of providing information to consumers, in accordance with the Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. Adoption of this Regulation will ensure a high level of protection of health and consumer interests by providing all the necessary information, which will help them to make informed choices about food products and to determine the duties of market operators, responsible for food information, for misleading consumers.

The need for new rules of informing consumers about the food they buy is also linked to the abolition of state standards. Previously, the state regulated all food production processes through standards, which often created inconvenience and restrictions for manufacturers (for example, modification of the packaging or the release of a new product required the adoption of a new state standard, although it was not related to food safety). With that system the responsibility for the food product was held by the state.

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