Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/775 laying down rules for the application of Article 26(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, as regards the rules for indicating the country of origin or place of provenance of the primary ingredient of a food

Commencement: In force

Amends: Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers


Mini Summary

Regulation (EU) 2018/775 establishes the general principles, requirements and responsibilities governing food information and in particular, food labelling. These Regulations apply to food business operators at all stages of the food chain, where their activities concern providing food information to consumers.



This Regulation requires the indication of the country of origin or place of provenance where its omission could mislead consumers. In particular if the information accompanying the food or the label as a whole would otherwise imply that the food has a different country of origin.

The country of origin or place of provenance of a primary ingredient, which is different from the food product it is part of, must be given:

  • With reference to one of the following geographical areas:
    • EU, non-EU or EU and non-EU; or
    • Region, or any other geographical area with several Member States or within third countries; or
    • FAO fishing area, sea or freshwater body; or
    • Member State(s) or third country(ies); or
    • Region, or any other geographical area within a Member State or within a third country; or
    • The country of origin or place of provenance in accordance with specific European Union provisions applicable for the primary ingredients;
  • Or by means of a statement as follows:
    • (name of the primary ingredients) do/does not originate from (the country of origin or the place of provenance of the food) or any similar wording likely to have the same meaning to the consumer.


Requirements regarding the font size and how the reference must appear on the food products packaging are also included.


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