Overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices and where to get more information.
Special marking regulations and labeling requirements exist for pharmaceuticals, chemicals and food products. Sweden has very strict health, sanitary, and labeling rules and sophisticated capabilities for monitoring product quality. More information is available at Swedish Food Agency (livsmedelsverket.se) Swedish Medical Products Agency (lakemedelsverket.se) and the Swedish Chemicals Agency (kemi.se)
A retail-size food package must show the name of the manufacturer, packer or importer, commercial name of the product, net metric weights or volume, ingredients in descending order of weight, last recommended date of consumption, and storage instructions if perishable or intended for infants. The information described above should be in Swedish and the local importers can assist companies in arranging for proper labeling information.
Inspection and food labeling requirements were changed to conform to EU regulations when Sweden became a member of the EU on January 1, 1995. The first step in investigating the marking, labeling, and packaging legislation that might apply to a product entering the EU is to draw a distinction between what is mandatory and what is voluntary. Decisions related to mandatory marking, labeling and/or packaging requirements may sometimes be left to individual Member States. Furthermore, voluntary marks and/or labels are used as marketing tools in some EU Member States.
More information on marks, labels and legislation can be found at: