- How must allergen information be displayed on the label?
Allergenic substances or products used as ingredients must be listed in the list of ingredients with a clear reference to the name of the allergenic substance or product as they are listed in Annex II of the Regulation. They must be emphasised through a typeset that clearly distinguishes them from the rest of the list of ingredients, for example by means of font, style or background colour.
In this example, allergenic ingredients are in bold and italic
Ingredients: Flour (wheat), sugar, Eggs, Milk, cocoa powder
For allergens see ingredients in bold
In this example, allergenic ingredients are in capitals and italic
Ingredients: Flour (WHEAT), sugar, EGGS, MILK, cocoa powder
For allergens see ingredients in CAPITALS
Is there a minimum font size specified for the mandatory information?
Yes, mandatory information must be displayed with a font size where the x-height (as defined in Annex IV) is equal to or greater than 1.2 mm. A printer/designer should be able to advise on this. For packaging or containers with a surface area of less than 80cm2 the x-height must be equal to or greater than 0.9 cm.