Food Law News - EU - 2008

FSA Consultation Letter, 23 July 2008

PARNUTS - Draft Commission Regulation foods suitable for people intolerant to gluten

A copy of the consultation package is available on this website - see Gluten-free Proposals. Note that the draft EU Regulation is contained in the package and can be found at page 13 of the document.

We seek your views and comments on the Draft Commission Regulation concerning the composition and labelling of foods suitable for people intolerant to gluten. Responses are requested by: 30 September 2008

Consultation details

The key proposals are set out in the following documents: a draft Commission Regulation concerning the composition and labelling of gluten-free foods and a draft Impact Assessment.


The proposed Commission Regulation will put in place compositional criteria related to the claims ‘gluten-free' and ‘very low gluten' for foods that have been manufactured specifically to satisfy the particular nutritional requirements of people who are intolerant to gluten, as provided for in Commission Directive 89/398/EEC (as amended) on foods for particular nutritional uses.

In addition, the proposed Regulation will also introduce a provision to allow foods that are naturally free of gluten (i.e. those for normal consumption) to be labelled as ‘gluten free' as long as the foods meet certain compositional requirements in relation to the levels of gluten.

This Regulation should ensure that all foods that are labelled to indicate their suitability for people intolerant to gluten will use harmonised labelling terms, thereby reducing consumer confusion about these products. In addition, this new regime will facilitate better consumer understanding about how much gluten there is in the foods that they buy and, thereby, help to improve the health of these consumers. This Regulation will also align the EC legislation with the recently agreed Codex international standard for foods targeted at people intolerant to gluten, thereby facilitating international trade.

Once in force, the Regulation will apply in all EU Member States. Provision as to execution and enforcement will be made in national Regulations for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Draft Impact Assessment

The draft impact assessment (IA) provided in this consultation, considers the impact of the regulation (in terms of cost, benefits and risks) on consumers, businesses, the public sector, charities and the voluntary sector.

The IA f this consultation aims to quantify the impact of:

The Agency would welcome comments and evidence from stakeholders in those areas highlighted throughout the IA. In summary, the Agency would welcome comments from stakeholders regarding:

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