Since 2011, EU regulations on food labeling states require most foods label's to contain nutritional facts of the food.

However, as a person who has been living in Germany for a couple of months, it is quite clear to me that this regulation isn't followed in German supermarkets at all. Very few foods and drinks have their nutritional facts in their labels. Before Germany, I was living in UK, and there, everything had a label containing the nutritional facts of the food.

How can Germany, or German supermarket, get away with not following the EU regulations, which have been established long ago?

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    Because this question is based on your perception that the nutrition table might be missing on some packagings it is effectively impossible to answer. I just did a spot check in my fridge, and all the nutrition tables are there. Note that the table can also be on the back side or bottom of packaging, it doesn't have to be visible in the supermarket aisle.
    – amon
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:17
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    Relevant German law: Lebensmittelinformations-Durchführungsverordnung – LMIDV.
    – wimh
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:23
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    Based on a faulty observation
    – Trish
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 10:33
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    Can you name a few common brands where you think the information is lacking?
    – o.m.
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 17:07
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    @o.m. almost any wine in Lidl & Aldi, for example
    – Our
    Commented Jul 26, 2020 at 18:48

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You are referring to article 9 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 which contains:

Article 9 List of mandatory particulars

  1. In accordance with Articles 10 to 35 and subject to the exceptions contained in this Chapter, indication of the following particulars shall be mandatory:


(l) a nutrition declaration.

In a comment you clarify that you are talking about wine.

Article 16 of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 contains:

Article 16 Omission of certain mandatory particulars


  1. Without prejudice to other Union provisions requiring a list of ingredients or a mandatory nutrition declaration, the particulars referred to in points (b) and (l) of Article 9(1) shall not be mandatory for beverages containing more than 1,2 % by volume of alcohol.

As wine contains typically more than 1,2 % alcohol, a nutrition declaration is not required.

See also Labelling of alcoholic beverages in the EU: some facts.


You clarified in the comments that some examples are wine.

According to German law implementing EU law, alcoholic drinks are not covered by the nutrition labeling requirement. Consumer groups demand going beyond EU requirements in this regard, but it hasn't happened yet.

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