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Compulsory labelling of foodstuffs from 2014

Food that is labelled with ingredients and properties makes the buying decision easier and protects the consumer. For example, you want to clearly indicate: Whether additives, allergens or genetically modified organisms are in the product? How much energy, sugar, fat or salt a food supplies?

Manufacturers are obliged to include a number of details on the label, such as a list of ingredients and the best before date, in a clearly legible form.

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Source: Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)


Make food transparent

[Translate to englisch:] Ein Video auf www.youtube.de zum Thrma "Lebensmittel klar machen"

The www.lebensmittelklarheit.de website has now been online for 100 days: A joint proposal of the Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs and the German Consumer Organisations. German Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner reiterated the intention of the Federal Government to ensure that something at a European level is done about food labelling. “It must say on the outside what is inside”, says Aigner emphatically.
Source: BMELV, October 2011


Responsibility for compliance officers according to the environmental laws

The ruling of the 5th Criminal Senate of the German Federal Supreme Court has affirmed by the judgement of 17 July 2009 a guarantor status of corporate compliance officers.

Read more at: Federal judges see guarantor’s obligation

February 2010

“Label  check for Turkey”

With immediate effect, we can offer you the declaration check and/or label check of food and luxury products for Turkey.

We also offer support with submitting the necessary product registration to the appropriate authorities, without which importing foodstuffs is impossible.

With best regards
Your SWISS FOOD Team


AEO – (Authorised Economic Operator)

As of 1 January 2008, this is the status the customs office grants to all EU companies on application. In the European regulations in German, the AEO is known as the ZWB (Zugelassener Wirtschaftsbeteiligter). The Customs Code Implementing Provision of 18 December 2006 caused a significant amendment for all companies operating across borders who therefore fall under activities covered by the customs legislation. On application, the Customs Authorities will certify companies, granting them a new status in the case of successful certification –  the status of “ Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)”. This certification embraces the idea of examining global companies with cross-border economic activities and ensuring that these companies are secure market participants. This status is – the ultimate goal of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) – to be introduced across the world. It not only exists in the EU but is already used for imports in the United States. This status is also to be established in other countries. The aim of this concept is to safeguard the integrity of the goods and services supply chain (Secure Supply Chain). The objective is to secure the international exchange of goods and services and as far as possible ensure that only certified companies take part in this supply chain. Those companies that do not wish to be certified, will have to adjust to more intensive inspections by the customs authorities, whereas those companies that are certified are to be relieved of controls. We would be happy to send you further information on AEO and the criteria an applicant must meet to obtain the status of “Authorised Economic Operator”.

Source: www.zoll.de, January 2008


 HACCP & hygiene management – Consumer protection and food safety
Source: Official Medical Service and Foodstuff Control, November 2015

Ensuring traceability in the food and animal feed industry
Authors: Dr. Christoph Peylo, Michael E. Kampmann 
Source: Mühle & Mischfutter, Issue 11/2005, pp. 358–360

Labelling and Traceability of GMO - principles of implementation – Principles of Practical Implementation of the Legislation
Author: Phillip Hauser, GeneScan Analytics GmbH
Source: Kraftfuttermagazin, April 2004