Will Government take a pragmatic approach to enforcement where labels are found to be incorrect in the UK?

In many cases transitional periods for changes to food labelling are being written into legislation. Where this is not the case, and there are legitimate reasons for a delay in reaching compliance, enforcement officers are able to apply a pragmatic approach in discussion with FBOs and in line with current codes of practice. Foods which may be subject to this pragmatic approach are:

  • Food and ingredients where country of origin labelling is used
  • Organic produce
  • Foods which make use of the EU emblem, e.g. fruit and vegetables under the Approved Trader Scheme