On December 6, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law "On Information for Consumers on Food Products" (registration number of the draft law 8450).
The law was drafted with the participation of specialists of the State Service of Ukraine for Food Safety and Consumer Protection and experts of the European Union Project "Improving the Food Safety Control System in Ukraine".
Its purpose is to ensure an appropriate level of protection of health and consumer interests, their awareness, introduction of means of guaranteeing the right of consumers to information and procedures for providing information about food products.
"I believe that with the adoption of this law within our state there will be shaped a new culture of informing consumers about the food product", commented on the decision of the Parliament Chairman of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection Volodymyr Lapa.
"The law on food information brings Ukrainian legislation into line with EU norms and also increases the level of respect for the consumer", said the Chairman of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection.
In particular, the law contains requirements for containing of allergens, provides for enlarged font on the label, the indication of the country or place of origin of the food product, information about the freezing or defreezing of the product, a list of all the ingredients, information about the nutritional value.
In turn, the head of the EU Project "Improving the Food Safety ControlSystem in Ukraine" Tony Will noted that with the entry into force of the law, Ukrainians will be informed about food products sold in supermarkets, shops, kiosks, restaurants or coffee shops, like the Europeans are. "The marking/labelling must contain only true information that is easy to read and understand, and doesn’t provide misinformation. If the product contains an allergen or an ingredient that can cause intolerance, then this is a must-have information. Now, buying food, the Ukrainian consumer will be able to make a conscious choice in favor of a product", said Tony Will.
The adopted law applies not only to the labeling, but also to any information about a food product that is provided through advertising, the Internet or simply communicated to the consumer while selling, including places of public catering. In case of trade over Internet information should be available prior to the purchase of the product.