Food businesses must comply with the principles of food safety and law. Food must be safe, but also must be what it says it is. Food information must not mislead the consumer, particularly about its characteristics (e.g. composition, quantity, durability, origin and nutrition).

To inform and protect consumers' interests, regulatory systems are in place to ensure food law is applied across the food chain. Food standards, safety and hygiene enforcement is primarily the responsibility of local authorities, however the creation of food law and its supporting regimes are the function of UK central government.

Food information and regulatory assurance

labelling

General food labelling

Food labelling is an important means of providing essential information to consumers. This includes details on a food’s ingredients, composition, durability, storage and preparation requirements, any safety related information and identification of the manufacturer.

nutrition and health claims

Nutrition and health claims

Scientifically substantiated nutrition and health claims enable consumers to make informed and meaningful food choices.

labelling

Nutrition labelling

The communication of a food’s nutritional properties supports consumers to make informed food purchasing decision.

origin labelling

Origin labelling

Origin declarations communicate to consumers the provenance of a food product.

food law

Regulatory assurance framework

Regulatory systems, in place by both local and central government, ensure food law is applied across the food chain.

News and guidance

Novel foods and Cannabidiol (CBD) developments

In this webinar, Nicola Smith, Squire Patton Boggs, provides a reminder of the novel food regime, the category of traditional foods, likely arrangements following Brexit, novel food trends and the position with Cannabidiol (CBD) following recent FSA announcements.

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'Allergen'-free and vegan claims guidance

This FDF guidance aims to inform both the food industry and consumers as to the difference between 'allergen'-free claims and vegan claims. This information aims to dispel any misunderstanding that a vegan claim automatically means a food product is safe and suitable for an allergic consumer.

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Product liability claims in the food and drink sector

This webinar addresses some of the risks of third party claims typically faced by food and drinks businesses when products fail to meet legal, regulatory and/or industry standards, and/or present risks to consumers.

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Gluten labelling guidance

This UK best practice guidance aims to provide advice to food business operators, irrespective of size, on how to label food products that include cereals containing gluten through review of the relevant EU and UK legislation and guidance.

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Related topics

Brexit

EU exit

The FDF produces a range of resources to help guide companies through the complexities arising as the UK leaves the EU. This includes our Brexit Roadmap resource. The FDF also runs various Brexit-related committees.