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KEY AREAS

Traceability

Contaminants

Labelling

Specifics for Rum

Traceability

As a food business operator – including final importer – you must be able to trace and identify where your products came from and where they are going, to rapidly provide this information to health and safety authorities if required. See My export for more hygiene rules for food and beverages.


Contaminants

Specific limits exist for the antibiotic palutin. See My export for perproduct information on contaminant levels.


Labelling

Labels must be:

  • visible
  • legible
  • indelible
  • clearly worded in a language easily understood by consumers

Usually this means in the official language(s) of the European country where the product is marketed. You may use foreign terms or expressions if they will be easily understood by consumers.

Bottles (or labels attached to packages containing bottles) must display:

  • NAME UNDER WHICH THE PRODUCT IS SOLD. Unless specific EU or national provisions apply, the name should be a customary name or a description. A trademark, brand name or fancy name may be used in addition to the generic name. You must also include the product's physical condition or specific treatment undergone, if its omission could be misleading for consumers.
  • LIST OF INGREDIENTS, INCLUDING ADDITIVES. Exception: foods consisting of a single ingredient, where the name of the food is identical to the name of the ingredient or enables the nature of the ingredient to be clearly identified. You must always indicate any substances that might cause allergic reactions.
  • NET QUANTITY (weight, volume in metric units) of prepackaged foodstuffs
  • MINIMUM DURABILITY DATE. Format: "best before DD/MM/YYYY"
  • SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR STORAGE OR USE
  • NAME OR BUSINESS NAME AND ADDRESS of the manufacturer, packager, or seller established in the EU.
  • PLACE OF ORIGIN OR PROVENANCE, where its omission could be misleading for consumers.
  • LOT MARKING on pre-packaged foodstuffs. Format: "L..."

Specifics for Rum

Other labelling/packaging requirements for rum:

  • Actual alcoholic strength by volume(calculated to not more than one decimal place): The figure can have the word 'alcohol' or the abbreviation 'alc' before the figure, and the symbol ‘% vol.’ must follow it. A margin of error of 0.3 % is allowed for the measurement of alcoholic strength.
  • Blending: If a bottle contains 2 or more rums combined, the label can carry the term ‘blend’, ‘blending’ or blended’.
  • Age: If the age of the rum is stated on the label, it may refer only to the youngest rum in the blend, provided that it was aged under revenue supervision.
  • No lead-based capsules or foil: Rum cannot be exported to the EU or stored in containers with closing devices covered by lead-based capsules or foil.
  • Language: Rum must be labelled in at least one of the EU's official languages.