Important changes to the technical regulations CU TR 022/2011 on food production
On April 23, 2021, in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, a public debate began on the draft amendments to the technical regulation CU TR 022/2011 "Labeling of food products". This is the fourth draft amendment to food labeling legislation in recent times.
Procedures will be better to consumers
The prepared changes are intended to prevent actions that may mislead buyers of food products as to the reliability of information about raw materials used to produce them, and to ensure that consumers can make an informed choice.
Grain products and other ingredients that cause allergic reactions
One of the discussed changes in the new edition is the proposal to refine in detail the list of ingredients that may cause allergic reactions, defined in section 4.4 of Art. 4 of the Technical Regulations TR CU 022/2011. This applies, inter alia, to cereals containing gluten and products containing such cereals. The project includes: wheat (including spelled, kamut), rye, barley, oats or their mixed varieties and their derivatives. In addition, the list includes:
- wheat based glucose syrup, including dextrose
- wheat-based maltodextrins
- barley glucose syrup
- cereals used to obtain distillates and ethyl alcohol from food raw materials.
Label information for informed customers
The nutritional value of products is to be determined in accordance with the requirements of Codex Alimentary Commission CXG 2-1985, Rev.6-2017, “Guidelines for Nutritional Information on Labels”. Therefore, the draft provides that in addition to the energy value, i.e. the so-called calorific value, the content of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, the amount of salt should be indicated on the label, and for fats, the content of saturated fatty acids should also be given.
It is still possible to make changes to the draft
The provisions on food products discussed in this article, including the rules for their labeling and information on the document in accordance with which they are produced and can be identified, may still be supplemented and modified during the process of public discussion. If they are reported, this issue will be raised in the working group with the participation of all member states of the Eurasian Economic Union after the end of the debate, i.e. after June 24, 2021.