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Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Last updated: 18 October, 2018

Latest News, Legislation and Documents

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UK Food Labelling: Historical Development of Legal Controls (1943-1996)

 

Latest News

  • UK: 17 October 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland Boards respond positively to the UK-wide meat Review
  • EU: 17 October 2018 FOOD LAW - Don’t delay General Food Law, BEUC urges Members of European Parliament
  • UK: 16 October 2018 HONEY / NAUTRAL MINERAL WATERS - Consultation on amending domestic food legislation
  • EU: 12 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Consignments subject to border control checks - additional categories
  • UK: 11 October 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Review of UK meat processing identifies improvements
  • UK: 10 October 2018 LABELLING - CIEH Statement: Food Labelling Loopholes must be closed
  • EU: 9 October 2018 WEIGHTS - Council discussions: Placing on the EU market of Japanese shochu
  • EU: 9 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: New lists of non-EU countries authorised to import animal products
  • EU: 9 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: New rules on food imported from non-EU countries
  • EU: 9 October 2018 HYGIENE - Commission consultation: Avoiding contamination of oils and fats transported by sea (permitted previous cargoes)
  • UK: 5 October 2018 PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Consultation on improved enforcement of the Protected Food Name Scheme
  • EU: 5 October 2018 NUTRITION - Food: further steps taken to cutting down presence of fatty acids
  • EU: 4 October 2018 NUTRITION – BEUC Statement: Commission publishes it plans to limit unhealthy trans fats
  • EU: 4 October 2018 NUTRITION - Comission consultation: Industrial trans fats in foods – setting a legal limit
  • UK: 4 October 2018 PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Consultation on establishing UK Geographical Indications (GI) schemes after exit
  • UK: 27 September 2018 LEGISLATION - Food and feed law: legislation review (April to June 2018)
  • EU: 27 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Practical arrangements for official controls of food of animal origin
  • EU: 27 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Establishing specific rules for official controls on meat & live bivalve mollusc production and relaying area
  • EU: 25 September 2018 RASFF - Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report: record exchange of information helped to trace and remove affected products from the market
  • UK: 24 September 2018 BREXIT - FDF response to Government's latest 'No-Deal' Technical Notices
  • EU: 21 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission report and staff working document on official controls regarding compliance with feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules in Member States
  • EU: 20 September 2018 ORGANIC / HALAL FOODS - Advocate General Wahl proposes that the Court find that products from animals that have been the subject of ritual slaughter without prior stunning can be issued the European ‘organic farming’ label
  • EU: 19 September 2018 LABELLING - European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food' initiative
  • EU: 19 September 2018 LABELLING - Origin-labelling for meat – Consultation and evaluation roadmap
  • UK: 19 September 2018 ENFORCEMENT / ADMINISTRATION - Summary of discussions at FSA Board meeting 19 September 2018
  • EU: 18 September 2018 ADDITIVES / FLAVOURINGS - Council discussions: Food regulations
  • EU: 18 September 2018 CONTAMINANTS – Council Discussions: Amendments of pesticides - maximum residue levels
  • UK: 14 September 2018 ENFORCEMENT - Update on development of National Inspection Strategies for food
  • UK: 14 September 2018 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Consultation: Calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the home

For earlier news item for 2018, see Food Law News 2018


Latest Legislation

A listing of some of the most recently published EU and UK key legislation. For a complete listing, see EU Food Laws 2018 or UK Food Regulations - Chronological Listing - Current

  • 18 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1555 of 17 October 2018 refusing to authorise certain health claims made on foods and referring to the reduction of disease risk (OJ L261, 18.10.2018, page 3)
  • 18 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1556 of 17 October 2018 refusing to authorise certain health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children's development and health (OJ L261, 18.10.2018, page 6)
  • 12 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1514 of 10 October 2018 amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for abamectin, acibenzolar-S-methyl, clopyralid, emamectin, fenhexamid, fenpyrazamine, fluazifop-P, isofetamid, Pasteuria nishizawae Pn1, talc E553B and tebuconazole in or on certain products (OJ L256, 12.10.2018, page 8)
  • 12 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1515 of 10 October 2018 amending Annexes III and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for diphenylamine and oxadixyl in or on certain products (OJ L256, 12.10.2018, page 33)
  • 12 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1516 of 10 October 2018 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for penoxsulam, triflumizole and triflumuron in or on certain products (OJ L256, 12.10.2018, page 45)
  • 9 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1497 of 8 October 2018 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards food category 17 and the use of food additives in food supplements (OJ L293, 9.10.2018, page 36)
  • 5 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1481 of 4 October 2018 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards octyl gallate (E 311) and dodecyl gallate (E 312) (OJ L251, 5.10.2018, page 13)
  • 5 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1482 of 4 October 2018 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards caffeine and theobromine (OJ L251, 5.10.2018, page 19)
  • 3 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1472 of 28 September 2018 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines (E 120) (OJ L247, 3.10.2018, page 1)
  • 1 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1462 of 28 September 2018 amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specifications for certain sorbitan esters (E 491 Sorbitan monostearate, E 492 Sorbitan tristearate and E 495 Sorbitan monopalmitate) (OJ L245, 1.10.2018, page 6)
  • 1 October 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1461 of 28 September 2018 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards the use of Low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose (L-HPC) in food supplements (OJ L245, 1.10.2018, page 1)
  • 27 September 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1293 of 26 September 2018 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 as regards the conditions of use of the novel food lactitol (OJ L243, 27.9.2018, page 2)
  • 21 September 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1259 of 20 September 2018 amending Regulation (EU) No 873/2012 on transitional measures concerning the Union list of flavourings and source materials set out in Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the extension of the transition period of Article 4 concerning the flavouring ‘grill flavour concentrate (vegetable)’ FL No 21.002 (OJ L238, 21.9.2018, page 28)
  • 19 September 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1246 of 18 September 2018 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the inclusion of pyroligneous distillate in the Union list of flavourings (OJ L235, 19.9.2018, page 3)

Latest Documents

Providing access to recent key documents relating to UK, EU or international aspects of food law. Some will be available from this site, others will be available from links to other sites. To access documents, click on the images. Documents are shown with the most recent additions first. For older documents, see: Documents

Consultation document: COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION amending Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the categories of consignments to be subjected to official controls at border control posts

The Commission has issued a consultation on a draft regulation on this topic. See also: EU: 12 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Consignments subject to border control checks - additional categories

A Review of Meat Cutting Plants and Cold Stores: Final report

A copy of the report is available on this site (click on image). Also available is a copy of the related FSA Board Paper for discussion by the Board on the 17th October 2018 - see Meat Review - Board Paper. See also: UK: 11 October 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Review of UK meat processing identifies improvements

Commission Delegated Regulation supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to requirements to be respected by consignments of certain animals and goods intended for human consumption entering the Union

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site. See also: EU: 9 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: New rules on food imported from non-EU countries

Commission Implementing Regulation establishing lists of third countries or regions thereof authorised for the entry into the European Union of certain animals and goods intended for human consumption

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site. A copy of the draft Annex is also available. See also: EU: 9 October 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: New lists of non-EU countries authorised to import animal products

Commission draft Regulation amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 579/2014 granting derogation from certain provisions of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the transport of liquid oils and fats by sea

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site (click on image). A copy of the draft Annex is also available. See also: EU: 9 October 2018 HYGIENE - Commission consultation: Avoiding contamination of oils and fats transported by sea (permitted previous cargoes)

DEFRA Consultation: Consultation on improved enforcement of the Protected Food Name Scheme

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site. See also: UK: 5 October 2018 PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Consultation on improved enforcement of the Protected Food Name Scheme

Geographical Indications Consultation on establishing UK Geographical Indications (GI) schemes after EU Exit

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site. See also: UK: 5 October 2018 PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Consultation on improved enforcement of the Protected Food Name Scheme

Commission Draft - Commission Regulation amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in animal fat, in foods intended for the final consumer

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site. See also: EU: 4 October 2018 NUTRITION - Industrial trans fats in foods – setting a legal limit and also: EU: 5 October 2018 NUTRITION - Food: further steps taken to cutting down presence of fatty acids

Food and feed law: legislation review (April - June 2018)  - Quarterly report providing information and updates on UK food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues

A copy of this report is available on this site. See also: UK: 27 September 2018 LEGISLATION - Food and feed law: legislation review (April to June 2018)

Commission consultation: Practical arrangements for official controls of food of animal origin

A copy of the draft regulation is available on this site. See also the separate document containing the proposed Annex: Draft Annexes. See also: EU: 27 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Practical arrangements for official controls of food of animal origin

Commission consultation: Establishing specific rules for official controls on meat & live bivalve mollusc production and relaying area

A copy of the full consultation document is available on this site). See also the separate document containing the proposed Annex: Draft Annexes. See also: EU: 27 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Establishing specific rules for official controls on meat & live bivalve mollusc production and relaying area

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) Annual Report 2017

A copy of this report is available on this site. See also: EU: 25 September 2018 RASFF - Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report: record exchange of information helped to trace and remove affected products from the market

REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL On the overall operation of official controls performed in Member States (2014-2016) to ensure the verification of compliance with food and feed law, animal health and welfare rules COM/2018/627 final

A copy of the report is available on this site. See also the related Commission Staff Working Documen. See also: EU: 21 September 2018 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission report and staff working document on official controls regarding compliance with feed and food law, animal health and welfare rules in Member States

Origin-labelling for meat - evaluation

A copy of the document is available on this site (click on image). For more details and to access the consultation page, see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-3112936_en. See also: EU: 19 September 2018 LABELLING - Origin-labelling for meat – Consultation and evaluation roadmap

DHSC: Consultation on mandating calorie labelling in the out-ofhome sector

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site. For more details, see: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/calorie-labelling-for-food-and-drink-served-outside-of-the-home. See also: UK: 14 September 2018 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Consultation: Calorie labelling for food and drink served outside of the home

Understanding Codex

A copy of the English language version of the booklet is available on this site. For other languages, see the news item on the Codex pages: http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/news-and-events/news-details/en/c/1152769/. See also: INT: 13 September 2018 CODEX - New edition of ‘Understanding Codex’ now available

Annual report on local authority food law enforcement - For England, Northern Ireland and Wales: 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018

A copy of this report is available on this site. For more details and to access the supporting data, see: https://www.food.gov.uk/about-us/local-authorities#monitoring-local-authority-activity. See also: UK: 13 September 2018 ENFORCEMEN T - FSA publishes local authority food law enforcement information

For older documents, see: Documents


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