Elaboration of the Guide to implement an own-control system of the Nominal Quantities of Pre-packaged agri-food products.
With the aim of helping companies to implement regulatory requirements on the control of the effective content of packaged foods, the DARP has developed the “Guide to implement an own-control system of the Nominal Quantities of Pre-packaged and implement a Procedure for Checking Actual Contents of Pre-Packaged agri-food products”.

It is a guide that aims to facilitate the adaptation of the system of own-control of the effective content of packaged foods to the requirements provided for in Law 14/2003 on Agri-Food Quality in Catalonia.

The Guide delves into how own-monitoring of the effective content of packaged products should be. This document was already mentioned in the " Guide for the implantation of a food quality own-control system in agri-food SMEs" and aims to revise in a practical way R.D. 1801/2008, which establishes the rules relating to nominal quantities for packaged products and the control of their effective content.

This Guide aims to be a tool for improving the own-checks made by operators to offer quality agri-food products and give the maximum guarantees to the consumer about the authenticity of the information on the label, in this case, the weight or volume of packaged foods.

The purpose was to develop a practical document, easy to use and consult, and at the same time deals with the issues with the necessary rigor, which are mandatory compliance requirements.

Resources needed

Human resources required: team of agri-food inspectors.

Evidence of success

Conferences offered to professionals in the agri-food sector for the presentation of the guide and introduction to it:

Presentations of the Guideline:
2017: November 7, 2017. Barcelona.
2018: November 29, 2018. Monells (Girona).
2019: October 24, 2019. Lleida.

Due to the great interest among the agri-food operators in these seminars, more sessions are planned during 2021.

Difficulties encountered

This guide serves as support for understand the regulations and stablish a check procedure. Even so, the existence of dedication and a certain degree of professionalism in the matter is necessary to understand and adapt the provisions in an efficient and correct way.

Potential for learning or transfer

With this publication we believe that it is interesting to note that in order to work in line with quality control and the fight against fraud, a very important way of work is the prevention.

The document includes how a control effective content of the food products system can be structured in accordance with Law 14/2003 on agri-food quality, and that meets the specific requirements established by RD 1801/2008, of 3 November, which details rules relating to the nominal quantities for packaged products and the control of the effective content, and other applicable legal provisions.

The purpose was to develop a practical document, easy to use and consult, and at the same time deals with the issues with the necessary rigor, which are mandatory compliance requirements.

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Project
Main institution
Regional Government of Cataluña
Location
Cataluña,
Start Date
November 2017
End Date
Ongoing

Contact

Maria Peña Please login to contact the author.