European powdered foods legislation



We would like to write a post about valid EU food regulations No 1169/2011 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, which are valid for us since November 2014 and its impact to powdered food in overall. It is very important that European powdered foods market as whole act with a same manner and hopefully does, because the consumer mainly relies on the manufacturer and his R&D and manufacturing process attitude. Consumer is not always willing to go into a problematics to such a deep level and time consuming analysis of new law updates.

How we approach at MANA. When we released MANA v1 out of beta this September we have already set our limits in beta versions to new eur-lex law recommendations which are a bit sharper then previous one and are totally different to US and other countries. Main difference to US market is that we are required to list complete particle list of what product contains in 100g and 1 serving. That means in real life that you take a whole bag of MANA and oil bottle as it stands and you list on nutrition label all it contains in 100g. NO ingredient can be treated as a black box.

Therefore we have analyzed MANA v1 before official release as whole in “State certified” analyticalLab and these results are listed on our “Nutrition Facts” label. But that was just to make our research complete because in steps before we have been analyzing every single ingredient in a bag and oil bottle and composed MANA with a same logic as playing tetris on your iPhone and right after that we did a final Lab test. As a result we know the exact concentration of every controlled substance ( saccharides, proteins, fats, dietary fibre, vitamines, minerals and also undesirable compounds as aflatoxines and heavy metals such as cadmium, arsenic, mercury and lead).

Read more about here. Vitamins and minerals which may be declared and their nutrient reference values (NRVs) Eur-lex, ANNEX XIII, REFERENCE INTAKES

Every single part of MANA is perfectly balanced to new EU recommendations since day ONE. On the top of that non of the limits are not exceeding and are very far from the “total” limit - (some compounds such as some minerals or oil soluble vitamins got its own recommendation limit and “total” limit which should never been exceed - for example manganese or heavy metals).

MANA Nutrition facts full info


A note on language:

In English, calling something a “confession” is an implicit statement of wrongdoing. One confesses sins.

You don’t seem to be admitting any wrongdoing here, so perhaps that word is not appropriate.


I clicked on the thread thinking the same thing. I thought they were admitting some sort of wrongdoing due to the title.


This information is good in terms for what is expected for Soylent for when they finally do ship to Europe :slight_smile:

But be careful with walking the boundery of discourse in terms of promoting MANA, as technically it isn’t okay. Saying that in terms
Of amount of topics you have made so far :slight_smile: as a warning so you don’t get an official warning


Thanks for advice. J


Thanks for advice Tordenskjold.


It’s very nice to see you’re taking it so seriously. So in the end, you have two types of nutritional labels - the one calculated as the sum of the nutritional values of ingredients, and the one which resulted from the lab analysis of the finished product (both of which could be used on the final product according to the referenced EUR-LEX). I’m curious - how much do these values differ? Did you, for example, have to significantly improve your recipe after you received the lab results?


A lot different. It was naive to think that all soy, oat or any other ingredient are all the same. Even when they have a same technology of production and etc… Each and one of them are always different. It depend on many factors. Nutrition fact data from a common databases always refer to sum mid value or most common value. But if you need to know exactly or you want to test for example heavy metals or aflatoxins and many more you need to go deeper. We was very surprised how the result can be different.