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Informing German consumers

Published: 03/02/2015

The German food sector provides a wealth of consumer information in the field of nutrition regarding for example food additives, food allergies, date of minimum durability and nutrition labelling:

  • Food additives – a brochure on food additives explains the function, safety assessment and approval criteria of food additives. In addition to this, the brochure looks into fears about food additives;
  • Food allergies – A Guide to Shopping- The brochure contains sound information on causes, diagnostic possibilities and how to deal with food allergies, compiled by experts;
  • Ten questions and answers about the date of minimum durability – The flyer explains the most important issues regarding the date of minimum durability such as its meaning, how this is defined and whether a food can be consumed, once the sell-by date has expired;
  • Understanding nutritional information – the leaflet helps consumers in understanding nutrition labelling. It also explains terms like calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat and the role of nutrients in the context of a balanced diet;
  • Understanding labelling – The brochure, which is currently being revised, explains what kind of information is required by law on the package and which is voluntary. It also provides background information on certain labelling elements, such as the list of ingredients, nutrition labelling and the date of minimum durability;
  • Infographic ‘The most important innovations of the food information regulation’ – The infographic describes very clearly the most important changes and innovations introduced in 2014 by the Food Information to Consumers Regulation.

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