Concerns have been raised that some foodservice refrigeration suppliers are not complying with regulations covering the Energy Labelling Directive.
Offenders could be opening themselves up to serious penalties by advertising products that were produced before 2016 when the legislation was introduced, according to the Foodservice Equipment Association.
Professional refrigerated storage cabinets (PRSCs) are in the scope of the requirements covered by the EU Directive – which has been adopted by the UK following Brexit – and where they are advertised or displayed on a website, they must have the energy label shown alongside it.
Showing any pre-2016 – and thus pre-energy labelling – product in a way suggesting it is for sale is illegal.
Under the regulations, manufacturers must design products that meet the requirements for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), and they must provide an energy label showing how the product performs in the standard tests.
The label shows its performance, with the best being rated A and the worst G.
Meanwhile, resellers of catering equipment have an obligation to display the product’s energy label.
The regulations stipulate that, where an appliance is offered on the internet, the full label must be accessible and shown with the product wherever displayed.
The UK Office for Product Safety and Standards is the market surveillance authority and it has the government responsibility to monitor the market and enforce compliance.
Steve Hobbs, chair of the FEA, warned: “Any company that displays a relevant pre-2016 product on their website could be considered guilty of misrepresentation and will fall foul of the regulations.
“They should only be showing products that comply with the 2016 Energy Labelling Directive.”
The market surveillance authority can demand that manufacturers and importers of PRSCs show them the product’s declaration of conformity, its energy label and its specification sheet, along with its technical documentation file.
“Refrigeration suppliers who have images of non-compliant products on their website or in their showroom or brochures should remove them immediately as this is illegal,” said Mr Hobbs.
“Whether deliberately misleading their customers or not, they are opening themselves up to serious penalties.”