Amendments to the technical regulations specifying the rules of food labeling will be discussed

On April 23, 2021, in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, a public discussion on the draft decision of the EAEU Council on changes to the technical regulations "Labeling of food products"  has begun. The draft of this document was prepared by the State Committee of the Republic of Belarus on Standardization, and its purpose is to clarify certain provisions. This is the fourth draft of changes. Public discussion on the draft in the food labeling regulations will last at least two months - until June 24, 2021.

Harmonization of regulatory requirements

The key changes concern the alignment of regulatory requirements with the "Guidelines for Nutritional Information on Labels" for the labeling of fats, proteins, trans fatty acids and carbohydrates in food products, and clarification of the nutrient requirements. The new edition of the regulations for food labeling will also include the recommended daily intake of essential nutrients and the energy value for adults. These are the so-called reference values ​​that can be found on the labels of products intended for consumption.

Requirements for the use of the names of animal and vegetable oils

An important point of the project is to define the requirements for the composition of food products. It is about changing the approach to indicating in Annex 1 ingredients, the names of which can be replaced with the names of other types of food. This will affect the rules for informing about animal and vegetable oils used in food production.

Important information for allergy sufferers

The draft provides guidelines for clarifying and completing information on ingredients that may cause allergic reactions when consumed. For example, the current designation "nuts and their derivatives" is to be extended to include specific product names such as: almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, macadamia nuts and so on. Another innovation will be the addition of a new annex to the technical regulations, number 6, which specifies standards for vitamin equivalents in food products.

Information on the standards applied to the food product

If all EAEU countries cooperating in this regard within the working group agree to this, the draft amendment may be supplemented by one additional amendment - the requirement to display information about the document in accordance with the requirements of which the food products were produced and can be identified on the label i. The decision will be made at a later date.