News / Date of Publishing: 12/12/2021
Affected region: UAE
Change of “Front of Label Nutritional Labelling Policy” to “Voluntary Application” to Enhance the Competitiveness of the Food and Beverage Industries
The UAE Cabinet decided to amend the procedures for implementing the policy of labelling nutritional values for products from the mandatory to voluntary application of standard No. UAE.S 5034: 2018 “Nutritional Labelling of Pre-packed Products as Traffic Light Colours”, which was to oblige manufacturers to provide nutritional data for packaged food products using the colours of traffic lights.
The standard was scheduled to enter mandatory implementation in early January, while the decision to amend it is considered a step aimed at achieving legislative flexibility, removing any logistical challenges or financial burdens on manufacturers and suppliers, and in line with the objectives of the national strategy for industry and advanced technology, adopted by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology. With the aim of enhancing the competitiveness of UAE products in the regional and global markets.