What you need to know about packaging and labelling
Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations any descriptions of goods you trade must be accurate - it's a criminal offence if they're not.
This applies to both the writing and the illustrations on your packaging and labelling. Among other things, you must not be misleading about:
- quantity or size
- method of manufacture
- place and date of manufacture
- fitness for stated purpose
- endorsements by people or organisations
The law applies to you if you sell goods to the public or manufacture goods.
In most circumstances, there is no legal requirement in the UK or anywhere else in the European Union for goods to be marked with an indication of their origin - but you can do so if you wish.
However, if you do, the origin markings must be accurate or you will be committing a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, it is also an offence to give consumers a misleading price indication about goods and services, including immoveable property, rights and obligations. The regulations apply to any method used to indicate a price, for example in a written notice or verbally.
The law is enforced by your local Trading Standards service.
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