Gluten-free, very low gluten, lactose-free and low-lactose products

Instructions on indicating gluten-free, very low gluten, lactose-free and low-lactose products in the Data Pool from 22 May 2013. The instructions have been updated to meet the requirements on the Data Pool from 12 May 2016.
The instructions contain separate guidelines for entering gluten-free and lactose-free products in the retail and Horeca sectors. If the product is distributed via both of these channels, follow the guidelines concerning retail products.
The instructions on Packaging Marked Label Accreditation Code F7017 apply both to retail and Horeca products.

Differences between retail and Horeca products

There are differences between retail and Horeca products in how information should be provided. If the product is distributed via both of these channels, follow the guidelines concerning retail products.

Retail products

The goal is to make the information provided for consumers on various added value features of products more transparent and unambiguous. This goal also affects the product information entered in the Data Pool. The following added value indications must be included in the product information in Synkka Product only if they are indicated also on the packaging: lactose-free, low-lactose, gluten-free and very low gluten.

Horeca products

Horeca products can be marked as lactose-free, low-lactose, gluten-free or very low gluten in Synkka Product even if this information is not provided on the packaging. Consumers do not compare the packaging labels and registered information of Horeca products. However, operators in the Horeca sector need this information in order to serve the consumers better.

Packaging Marked Label Accreditation Code F7017

Packaging marked labels are reported in Synkka Product as follows: if the product has been accredited with a label and the label is marked on the packaging, it is entered in the Data Pool. The supplier is responsible for ensuring that the product has been accredited with the label in question.

The accreditation code may not be entered if the label is not marked on the packaging.

If the product loses its right to use the label, the information must also be removed from the Data Pool.

Adding and removing packaging marked label accreditation codes affects the product’s identification data, i.e., the GTIN code. If the identification data of a product change, the GTIN code must also be updated.

Gluten-free, very low gluten, lactose-free and low-lactose products

Information on gluten-free, very low gluten, lactose-free and low-lactose products is entered in the Nutritional Claim Type field.

Gluten-free and very low gluten products

Please observe the following limit values when reporting gluten content:

  • Gluten-free: 20 mg/kg or under

In accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009, the term “gluten-free” is used if the product contains gluten under 20 mg per kg of finished product.

  • Very low gluten: under 100 mg/kg

In accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009, the term “very low gluten” is used if the product contains gluten under 100 mg per kg of finished product.

Choose the right value in the Nutritional Claim Type Code F7343 data field in Synkka Product:

  • Free from
  • Very low

Choose the following value in the Nutritional Claim Nutrient Element Code F7342 data field in Synkka Product:

  • Gluten

An example of entering information on a very low gluten product:

glutenfree1

Enter the gluten-free or very low gluten information for retail products only if the information is also indicated on the packaging.

You may provide the information for Horeca products even if it is not mentioned on the packaging.

The gluten-free symbols are illustrated below.

glutenfreeMarks

Lactose-free and low-lactose products

Please observe the following limit values when reporting lactose-free foods:

  • Lactose-free – lactose content under 10 mg per 100g or 100 ml

Please observe the following limit values when reporting low-lactose foods:

  • Low-lactose – lactose content under 1 g per 100g or 100 ml

Choose the right value in the Nutritional Claim Type Code F7343 data field in Synkka Product:

  • Free from
  • Low

Choose the following value in the Nutritional Claim Nutrient Element Code F7342 data field in Synkka Product:

  • Lactose

An example of entering information on a lactose-free product:

 

glutenfree2

An example of entering information on a low-lactose product:

glutenfree3

Enter the lactose-free and low-lactose information for retail products only if the information is also indicated on the packaging.

The lactose content of the product (carbohydrates, of which lactose) can be reported in the Nutrient Type Code F7022 data field in Synkka Product. In accordance with the Food Information Regulation, lactose content may not be listed on the nutritional list on the packaging, but in the Data Pool, lactose content must be added to the list. The recipients of product information will move the information to the appropriate place in their systems.

You may provide the lactose information for Horeca products even if it is not mentioned on the packaging.

Revision history

Date Revision made
13.12.2016 Document ready