La nouvelle réglementation sur les dates de congélation du poisson surgelé suscite un débat (en anglais)

Le nouveau Règlement de l'UE n° 1169/2011 concernant l’information des consommateurs sur les denrées alimentaires doit entrer en vigueur le 13 décembre 2014. Selon ces nouvelles règles, la première date à laquelle un poisson a été congelé doit être étiquetée sur paquet .
The new EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (FIC) shall apply from December 13, 2014. Under the new rules, the first date on which a fish was frozen must be labelled on pack.

However, there is confusion about whether this means the first date on which a fish is frozen or the first date on which a product containing fish is frozen, claimed British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) technical manager Su Dakin. This is a problem, since fish could be kept frozen for up to a year after being beheaded and gutted at sea, and before processing, said Dakin.

Putting the freezing at sea dates on fish could put consumers off buying what is a wholesome protein, she argued. They might see that a product had been labelled as frozen up to a year before and view that negatively.

There were also issues, such as when fish from different batches, frozen on different dates, were mixed during processing, she said. “Manufacturers could label a product with the oldest date a fish used in a batch was frozen, but then that’s not right, because there could be some fish in there that were frozen months later.”

Some UK processors were already operating under the BFFF’s guidance and labelling fish products with the date of freezing after processing. However, Dakin said there were some Member States that disagreed with this and called for the first date a fish was frozen to be labelled.

The issue had been referred to the European Commission (EC) over two years ago, said Dakin. She called for it to be resolved as soon as possible before it was too late for manufacturers to make changes as FIR comes into force.

An EC working group on labelling is scheduled to discuss the freezing issue shortly, said an EC spokeswoman.