Will food labelling change after Brexit?

Defra’s guidance on food labelling changes is here.

The majority of the food label will remain unchanged after the end of the transition period. However, there will be some changes to food labelling, and these will apply regardless of whether or not we have a deal. These include:

  • Food business operator (FBO) address – Pre-packaged food and caseins exported to the EU market must have an EU or Northern Ireland (NI) address for the food business operator (FBO) or EU/NI importer on the packaging or food label.

You can continue to use an EU, GB or NI address for the FBO on pre-packaged food or caseins sold in GB until 30 September 2022. From 1 October 2022, pre-packaged food or caseins sold in GB must include a UK address for the FBO.

  • EU Emblem – You must not use the EU emblem on goods produced in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) from 1 January 2021 unless you have been authorised by the EU to do so.
  • Health and Identification Marks – EU oval health and identification marks must be replaced with new UK health and identification marks. FSA Guidance on the new marks is here.
  • Country of origin labelling – Food from GB and sold in the EU must not be labelled as ‘origin EU’ from 1 January 2021. However, food from and sold in NI can continue to use ‘origin EU’ from 1 January 2021. Food from and sold in GB can be labelled as ‘origin EU’ until 30 September 2022. For the GB market, additional information such as signage in shops and online information can help clarify to the consumer the origin of the food. 
  • EU organic logo – see organics section here.
  • Geographical Indications – There will be a new UK scheme with new logos.

Goods sold in NI will continue to follow EU rules for labelling, but you may need to make some labelling changes. Further information can be found under labelling in the under Northern Ireland section here.