Food labelling and packaging for export and import



Foods intended for Northern Ireland (NI) and European Union (EU) countries must comply with EU and national laws. Controls can be complex and can change often due to public health concerns. For example, certain foods may be banned or restricted. Most food can move freely within the EU once they meet the requirements. Food imported from outside the EU must comply with EU food hygiene law and may also be subject to further EU restrictions.

The laws aim to protect consumers and provide food traceability. Traders should see these labelling requirements as part of providing an audit trail for their goods.

This guide explains food labelling in NI and European Union, including meat and fruit and vegetable labelling rules. It also outlines how to package food for export or import.

Under the Windsor Framework, EU food law, including marketing standards, continues to apply to all food produced in Northern Ireland.