Food Law News - EU - 2010

FSA Interested Parties Letter, 24 September 2010

LABELLING - Commission Regulation amending Commission Directive 2007/68/EC as regards labelling for wines

I am writing to update you on recent developments regarding the temporary exemption from labelling of egg-derived lysozyme and for albumin (produced from egg) or milk (casein) products when used as fining agents in wine which is due to expire on 31 December 2010.

We understand that the Commission intend to discuss a draft Commission Regulation at a Standing Committee meeting on 4-5 October 2010 and I enclose a copy of the draft text of the Commission Regulation. As you can see it is proposed that the temporary exemption from labelling will be extended to 30 June 2012. I would be grateful if you could let us have any comments you think should be raised at the meeting by 29 September 2010.

Given the timing of this proposal, it will not be possible to carry out a formal consultation for the SI to extend the arrangements set out in Statutory Instrument 2009 No 2801 The Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (England) Regulations 2009. You are therefore asked, if you have not already done so, to let us know whether you anticipate that this extension of the current arrangement would impact on you and an estimate of any costs involved.

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