Including nutritional information table on foods to be compulsory from December

Including nutritional information table on foods to be compulsory from December

For the past two years, foodstuffs traded in the European Union have been obliged to display labelling with information on the product, such as the list of ingredients or allergens. This is laid down in Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 which, from next December 13th, also makes it obligatory to provide the nutritional information table on food including calories, fat, saturated fatty acids, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt.

As happened in 2014 with ingredients and allergens, this obligation not only affects traditional stores, as it also applies to e-commerce or remote sales. The regulation states that consumers must be made aware of this nutritional information and other labelling details before making their purchase.

In consequence, suppliers and distributors are faced with a challenge: how to keep food product information synchronized so that the data shown to the consumer on the web portal are updated at all times. The aim of the regulation is to improve safety in relation to allergies and intolerance and raise awareness towards the consumption of unhealthy foods. In fact, the nutritional information table must show the percentage per 100 g or millilitres, so that users can compare the amounts in different products and choose the ones that most suit them.


Which products must comply with the obligation?

Regulation 1169/2011 states that all drinks and processed foods that are packaged are required to provide nutritional information on their labels. However, alcoholic drinks of more than 1.2% per volume of alcohol, unpackaged foods and unprocessed products that include a single ingredient are exempt from the ruling. A complete list of these products can be found in annex V of the regulation.

Foods that are liable and which do not comply with the regulations can result in fines for manufacturers and producers ranging from 5001 to 600,000 euros, depending on the type of offence that may have been committed.


How to adapt to the regulation?

To facilitate compliance, EDICOM has designed a solution that enables suppliers and distributors to synchronize their product information in real time. This is the EDICOMData e-Catalogue.

With this solution, suppliers record and update the nutritional information on their food products in standardized format, while distributors, who act as catalogue subscribers, access the data in real time.  In addition, the EDICOMData solution presents these data in a structured format for integration in the company’s information system or the online store content manager. This way, the process is not only simpler and faster, but is also more secure, as the nutritional information on the foods received by the consumer is updated at all times.

GS1 UK grants eCom and GDSN accreditations to EDICOM

The United Kingdom GS1 organization has acknowledged EDICOM’s EDI solutions and e-catalogue with eCom and GDSN accreditations. The International Association thus joins other GS1 networks in countries such as France, Portugal or the US, which have already awarded these certificates.

In fact, EDICOMData was the first Data Pool authorized to operate in the new upgrade GDSN Major Release 3, which will be the only one valid as of 6 May this year. Moreover, the eCom certificate guarantees that EDICOM is a trusted e-commerce and electronic data interchange (EDI) provider in the United Kingdom.

EDICOM, GS1 UK partner

In an increasingly globalized business ecosystem, the main challenge faced by electronic communications in the 21st century concerns interoperability. To this end, since mid-2015, EDICOM is part of GS1 United Kingdom, with the aim of promoting the development and use of international standards in this country.

In addition, Edicom is not just a UK accredited partner, but also an active member of GS1 in other countries like France, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The firm also takes part in other organizations such as Odette, Amexipac, XFT, OpenPEPPOL or IATA. In all cases, the mission is to improve B2B e-communications in the international scope.

EDICOMData, first Data Pool Certified for GDSN Major Release 3

The GS1 network GDSN (Global Data Synchronization Network) has been updated to a new version, which includes over 1500 modifications. This upgrade of the Standard GDSN finally comes into force on 6 May 2016. Thereafter, any other version of the messaging standard used to exchange data through the GDSN network will no longer be valid. So, the GS1 organization recommends electronic catalogues/data pools to get ready to pass the trial runs to be started up this year.

In this sense, the EDICOMData e-catalogue is already “good to go”. In fact, it was the first solution to be certified, after passing the tests required last March.

The changes proposed by GS1 to this standard and its messaging services mainly affect the organizational structure.. The aim is to arrange the information more flexibly, so that it can easily be adapted to the needs and particular features of each sector. Among other things, GDSN Major Release 3 incorporates 1000 new value codes, 300 attributes and over 250 validations.

What are the benefits of the upgrade?

  • The new attributes enable users to enrich the product details that are exchanged, for example including additional information on ingredients or allergens. This is particularly useful for compliance with the food regulations of the European Union and the United States.
  • The modifications carried out improve the quality of the data shared, and thus bolster confidence in the accuracy of the information.
  • This version speeds up deployment time for the standard, reducing it from two years to a few weeks.
  • GDSN Major Release 3 is better adapted to regulatory requirements. We are not referring solely to those already in force, as this version enables us to roll out upgrades more quickly, which simplifies future implementations.

EDICOMData, the EDICOM Data Pool

EDICOM’s e-catalogue -EDICOMData- is adapted and certified by GS1 to operate with the new GDSN version. In addition, this data pool is also authorized by the International organization for the TSD network (Trusted Source of Data), making it the most powerful solution on the market. You can find out more about EDICOMData and its applications on the solutions section of our website.

New healthcare material coding system in USA

The FDA (Federal Drugs Administration) has regulated the coding of medical devices in the USA, creating a unique identifier for each article, known as the UDI (Unique Device Identification). A centralized database called GUDID (Global Unique Device Identifier Database) will record all the medical material referenced by the UID.


THE UDI is the unique identifier for each item, and consists of two parts:
    – DI (Device Identifier): Set part for each article
    – PI (Production Identifier): Variable part for each item, which may contain expiration dates, batch or lot number, SSCC, etc.


The GUDID is the database where all medical supplies and medicines are recorded, indexed by UDI. It will include the basic information on the item, such as description, contraindications, dosage, etc.

This database is maintained by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers must supply the GUDID with the information on their articles, and they will have three ways to do so:
– Through the web provided free of charge by the FDA
– Via the web-service providing integration based on HL7 files (XML defined in USA for the health sector)
– Through GDSN with a specific extension for the purpose.


The FDA has set out different dates by which the different medical articles must be encoded with the pertinent UDI, depending on the article type.
– 1 year after publication of the final ruling (September 24, 2014)
– 2 years after publication of the final ruling (September 24, 2015)
– 3 years after publication of the final ruling (September 24, 2016)
– 5 years after publication of the final ruling (September 24, 2018)
– 7 years after publication of the final ruling (September 24, 2020)

There are three types of medical supplies, according to the level of controls to be applied by the FDA to ensure the safety and effectiveness of each medical item.

You can access the classification of medical items via the following link:

Find out the product classifications as indicated on the FDA website: