Food Labelling

Codex Committee on Food Labelling (Host – Canada)

The CCFL drafts provisions on labelling of foods and endorses draft provisions on labelling. It also studies labelling issues assigned to it by the Codex Alimentarius Commission and it studies issues related to food advertising including claims and misleading descriptions.

Existing Codex Standards

Standards relating to food labelling* that have been endorsed and adopted into the international food code include standards on:

  • Use of the Term Halal
  • General Standard for the Labelling of Food Additives when sold as such
  • Labelling of and Claims for Pre-packaged Foods for Special Dietary Use
  • Labelling of and Claims for Foods for Special Medical Purposes
  • Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods
  • Packing Media (Composition and Labelling)
  • Guidelines for the Use of Nutrition and Health Claims

* This is an indicative list only. For a full list of standards approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, please consult its Official List of Standards.

Outcomes from the 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The 36th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission adopted standards and related texts as forwarded by the Codex Committee on Food Labelling. 

Last Meeting

The 41st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL) met on Prince Edward Island, Canada from 14 - 17 May 2013.

Matters for Adoption by the 36th Session of the codex Alimentarius Commission

The Committee advanced to for adoption at Step 8 and Step 5/8 the following:

  • Draft amendments to the Guidelines for Use of Nutrition and Health Claims (CAC/GL 23-1997) concerning Non-Addition of Sodium Salts
  • Proposed Draft amendments to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods concerning the use of ethylene as sprouting inhibitor for Onions and Potatoes

Amendments

  • Consequential Editorial Amendments to the Guidelines on Use of Nutrition and Health Claims (CAC/GL 23-1997) concerning clarifying section 6.3 on Comparative Claims
  • Amendments to the Guidelines on Nutrition Labelling (CAC/GL 2-1985) concerning definitions and replacing the existing annex with the new Annex: General Principles for establishment of nutrient reference values for the general population

Other Matters of Interest

The Committee

  • Agreed to circulate the proposed Draft amendments to the Guidelines for the Production, Processing, Labelling and Marketing of Organically Produced Foods: Organic Aquaculture at Step 3 for comments and for discussion at the next session; and
  • Agreed to propose new work to the Commission to review the General Standard for the labelling of Prepackaged Foods to address issues on date marking.

Matters of Interest to Other Codex Committees

The Committee

  • Did not endorse the labelling provisions of the proposed draft regional standard for non fermentation of soybean products
  • Agreed to request the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses to establish conditions for the free TFAs claims and to consider establishing a definition for biofortification.

Report from this meeting

Next Meeting

The 42nd Session of the Committee has been scheduled to be held in October 2014 with the location yet to be confirmed.

Agenda from this meeting.

Last reviewed:
19 Aug 2013