Guide

Food labelling and packaging in international trade

Introduction

This guide provides advice on food labelling and packaging for international traders. Foods intended for the UK and other European Union (EU) countries must comply with EU and national laws. Controls can be complex and can change regularly to accommodate public health concerns. For example, certain foods may be banned or restricted. Most food can move freely within the EU once requirements are met. Food imported from outside the EU must comply with EU food hygiene requirements and may also be subject to further EU restrictions.

The laws are aimed at protecting consumers and providing food traceability, which includes the right labelling and packaging requirements. Traders should see these labelling requirements as part of their requirement to provide an audit trail for their goods.