Food Information to Consumers

A new Regulation 1169/2011 on food information to consumers governs today the labelling of all food products on the market, including the nutrition labelling. It integrates former Directives 2000/13 and 90/496. New set of rules on nutrition information entered into force in December 2016.

The following elements have to be included in the nutrition declaration on all food packages:

  • the energy value and the amounts of fat,
  • saturates,
  • carbohydrate,
  • sugars,
  • protein
  • and salt.

As far as vegetable oils and fats are concerned, such food labelling can also be supplemented by the following elements such as amounts of mono-unsaturates or polyunsaturates.


The information per portion is particularly relevant for foods where consumption per eating occasion is much less than 100g, as is the case for vegetableoils for which a typical portion of 10g, corresponding to an easily measurable soup spoon, has been determined by the European oil sector.