Guide

Product labelling and packaging

Introduction

If your business is involved in trading goods you must be both clear and honest on all packaging and labelling. If you're misleading in any way you could find yourself committing a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

There are other laws which regulate the way in which goods are labelled, covering, for example, details of their composition or price.

It is the responsibility generally not just of those making goods for sale but also of those retailing them to respect these laws. So it makes good business sense before you start trading of any kind to find out which laws would affect you and how.

This guide gives you an overview of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and the other main laws regulating the packaging and labelling of goods. It also details the special rules retailers must abide by - particularly those on retailing food and drink.