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Council Directive 79/112/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs for sale to the ultimate consumer.

Type of law

This Directive concerns the labelling of foodstuffs to be delivered as such to the ultimate consumer and certain aspects relating to the presentation and advertising thereof. Without prejudice to the Community provisions to be adopted in this field, this Directive shall apply also to foodstuffs intended for supply to restaurants, hospitals, canteens and other similar mass caterers, in so far as the Member States shall so decide. The labelling and methods used must not be such as could mislead the purchaser to a material degree, subject to the provisions applicable to foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses, attribute to any foodstuff the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease, or refer to such properties; Community provisions or, where there are none, national provisions may derogate from this rule in the case of natural mineral waters. Community provisions applicable to specified foodstuffs and not to foodstuffs in general may provide for derogation, in exceptional cases. Where the labelling of a foodstuff places emphasis on the presence or low content of one or more ingredients which are essential to the specific properties of the foodstuff, this information shall appear either immediately next to the name under which the foodstuff is sold or in the list of ingredients in connection with the ingredient in question. In Annex are listed categories of ingredients, which may be designated by the name of the category rather than the specific name.
Date of text
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CELEX-EUR Official Journal L 33, 8 February 1979, pp. 1-14.
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