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The use of food additives must always be labelled on the packaging of food products by their category (anti-oxidant, preservative, colour, etc) with either their name or E-number. Detailed rules on labelling of additives in foodstuffs, and on additives sold as such to food producers and consumers are laid down in the following Community legislation.

Labelling of food containing food additives:

  • Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs
  • Commission Directive 2008/5/EC of 30 January 2008 concerning the compulsory indication on the labelling of certain foodstuffs of particulars other than those provided for in Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council (Codified version)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed

Labelling of food additives sold as such to food producers and consumers:

  • Council Directive 89/107/EC of 21 December 1988 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning food additives authorised for use in foodstuffs intended for human consumption, as amended by Directive 94/34/EC

Labelling of table-top sweeteners

See also page on 'Food labelling'

 
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