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Labeling Reference Guide for East African Community is now available on Selerant Compliance Cloud, for registered RegData users.

This is a comprehensive and user-friendly tool, created by our experts that can help you find your way around complex labeling rules set by food regulators in East African Community. It is aimed to provide guidance on which information is mandatory, which parts of it are voluntary and what should a label actually look like.

Labeling Rules in East African Community

The East African Community consists of five member states: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

EAC regulations regarding the labeling of prepackaged foodstuffs were published on 15 October 2014. In accordance to the East African Community laws they have entered into force six months later.

List of regulations include:

  • EAS 38:2014 Labelling of pre-packaged foods — General requirements
  • EAS 803: 2014 Nutrition labelling — Requirements
  • EAS 804:2014 Claims — General requirements
  • EAS 805:2014 Use of nutrition and health claims —Requirements

These regulations are horizontal, and they are available for purchase from member states standardization bodies’ sites.

Which information is Mandatory?

Labeling of packaged food products shall include the following information:

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What is the Standard Template for the Nutritional Table?

According to the actual legislation, the nutritional information is not mandatory and the legislation does not provide a preset template. Below is a guiding presentation of the nutritional table. The language shall be English and/or any other official language used in the importing East African partner State.

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Complete overview of labeling requirements for the East African Community market (in English), is available for our RegData®  users. To access full legislation related to food legislation, including labelling, for over 100 countries and legislative markets, please contact us for additional information on Food Law Library.

Posted by Hani Bassiouni on May 16, 2017

Food Regulatory and Scientific Affairs specialist at Selerant

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