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Sep 05, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 12/19)
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New Food Labeling Law in Force

The Ukrainian law on the provision of food information to consumers, adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament on December 6, 2018, entered into force on August 6, 2019. The requirements related to food information and labeling were previously regulated by the law on consumer rights protection.

The new law was adopted to fulfill Ukraine’s obligations under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. According to the law, each food product intended for the end consumer must contain accurate and easily comprehensible information which must not mislead the consumers regarding the product’s characteristics, properties and composition. This requirement applies both to the advertising of food products and to the manner they are presented for sale, including their form, appearance, and packaging.

The State Service for Food Safety and Consumer Protection is responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements. In case of a breach, the law prescribes fines of up to EUR 4,400.

The law provides for a transition period of three years and does not require immediate relabeling of all food products.

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