4 March 2019

Consequences of Brexit for the labelling of foodstuffs

In a couple of weeks, on 29 March 2019, the moment has probably arrived; the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal. Hence, a no-deal Brexit.

This no-deal Brexit will also affect the labelling of food that is exported to or imported from the United Kingdom.

Fortunately, this will not happen immediately, a transitional clause is in any case applicable that gives businesses up to 31 December 2020 to implement the necessary adjustments.

Important changes include:

  • the EU health and identification features for products of animal origin will no longer be valid in the United Kingdom;
  • the label must include an importer with an address in the United Kingdom;
  • the EU organic label will no longer be valid in the United Kingdom;
  • the origin indication; food produced in the United Kingdom can no longer be referred to as ‘of EU origin’.

The British government launched a website where an overview is provided of the consequences for the food label. This website is updated regularly.

If you require assistance in the necessary adjustment of your labels then contact our Regulatory Affairs Helpdesk RAsupport@precon.group.

Our consultants can create a plan of approach for you for the transition after 29 March 2019.

Précon Consulting Group, RA support, Jaap Kluifhooft


Jaap Kluifhooft
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