Märkning av färdigförpackade kakor och choklad i Ängelholms kommun – Uppfyller butikerna livsmedelslagstiftningens krav på livsmedelssäkerhet?
Sammanfattning: In December 2014 the requirement increased on pre-packed food labelling when the regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 entered into force. Two important changes were that allergen information must be emphasised in the ingredients list and a minimum font size must be used for the obligatory information on food labels. It´s crucial that grocery stores follow the food legislation, so that consumers and especially those with allergies can do correct choices and use groceries in a safe way. Previous studies have shown insufficient labelling of pre-packed food, especially lack of Swedish labelling and emphasising allergens. The purpose of this study was to examine how the legislative requirements on pre-packed food labelling were observed in grocery stores in the municipality of Ängelholm. Field studies were carried out in 13 grocery stores where 10 pre-packed foods were examined in every store from criteria’s as: • Swedish labelling • Legibility, easily visible • Swedish ingredients list • Emphasised allergens • Best Before date • Contact information Interviews were also carried out with one store manager/shop assistant in every grocery store to form an opinion about the knowledge of the food legislation concerning pre-packed food and the routines to control the labelling of products in the stores. The purpose was also to see if there was any connection between good routines and how well the legislation was being observed in practice. The results of the study showed that nine out of 13 grocery stores didn’t follow the food information legislation. The most common incorrectness concerning the 130 examined products were; allergens not emphasized, information of the labeling was illegible, Swedish labelling missing. 11 of the 13 grocery stores included in the study declared that they had routines to control the labelling of products in the stores. In light of the above, it could be noted that the routines often were inadequate and not always used in practice.
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