Food labelling

Food labels are used to give us information so that we can choose between foods.

There are rules that protect us from false claims or misleading descriptions, and there are clear guidelines about what labels can show.

All food labels must include basic information by law including:

  • Name of the food
  • List of ingredients
  • Nutritional claims
  • Date marking
  • Storage conditions
  • Business name and address
  • Place of origin
  • Instructions for use
  • Allergen information

It is an offence to offer for sale food which does not comply with food labelling law.

Get more information and guidance about food labelling on the Food Standards Agency website.