Is the labelling on the food in your shopping basket correct? Do you understand it?
Consumers generally only check the best before date or, if they have allergies, the ingredients of a product before buying it.
The labelling and the ingredients of pre-packaged and loose items of food are strictly regulated.
The DGEM aims to ensure that consumers have access to the information on products that is prescribed by law. It also monitors the accuracy of this information. Investigations have already been conducted in the following areas:
- bread, flour and milling products;
- fish, surimi, crab salad and shrimp croquettes ;
- meat, designation of veal, composition of mince and minced steak, the water content of frozen poultry;
- water and milk;
- composition of honey, fruit juices and fruit nectars, vegetable juices;
- composition of jam, jelly and fruit marmalades, chestnut puree, fruit spreads, composition of cocoa and chocolate products;
- quality labels.
If you encounter a problem with the labelling of these products, you can complain to the DGEM.
Disputes and complaints
- Arrêté royal du 13 septembre 1999 relatif à l’étiquetage des denrées alimentaires préemballées