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Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Last updated: 7 December, 2018

Latest News, Legislation and Documents

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

 

Latest News

  • EU: 10 December 2018 BREXIT - The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU
  • INT: 10 December 2018 CODEX - Codex task force convenes to forge ahead on antimicrobial resistance
  • EU: 7 December 2018 CONTAMINANTS - Council discussions: Pesticides - maximum residue levels for iprodione
  • EU: 7 December 2018 NUTRITION - EU moves closer to long-awaited limit to heart-clogging trans fat
  • EU: 7 December 2018 NUTRITION - Member States support Commission's proposal to cut down presence of trans fatty acids
  • UK: 6 December 2018 BREXIT / MEAT HYGIENE - The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks
  • UK: 5 December 2018 BREXIT / ALLERGENS / ENFORCEMENT - Summary of discussions at the FSA Board meeting on 5 December 2018
  • UK: 4 December 2018 BREXIT - Food and feed safety risk assessment and management if there’s no Brexit deal
  • UK: 3 December 2018 BREXIT / CLAIMS – DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
  • UK: 30 November 2018 BREXIT - Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit
  • EU: 29 November 2018 RESIDUES – Council discussions: Pesticides: maximum residue levels for various substances
  • UK: 28 November 2018 LABELLING - Environment Secretary meets retailers and allergy groups as allergen labelling review progresses
  • EU: 27 November 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - EU Parliament: EU food watchdog: more transparency, better risk prevention
  • EU: 27 November 2018 SPIRIT DRINKS - Commission welcomes agreement on new rules for spirit drinks
  • UK: 26 November 2018 LEGISLATION - Food and feed law: legislation review (July to September 2018)
  • INT: 26 November 2018 CODEX - Codex nutrition committee dedicated to those with special needs requiring special care
  • EU: 26 November 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - EU Parliament’s ENVI committee must vote to end secrecy around food safety assessments
  • EU: 25 November 2018 BREXIT - Special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
  • UK: 22 November 2018 ADDITIVES - Consultation on Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013
  • UK: 22 November 2018 ENFORCEMENT - Publication of review of Food Standards delivery
  • UK: 21 November 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Birmingham meat cutting plant fined over £43,000 for hygiene failings
  • EU: 19 November 2018 FLAVOURINGS - Council discussions: N-(2-methylcyclohexyl)-2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzamide to be listed as an evaluated substance in the Union list of flavouring substances
  • EU: 19 November 2018 CONTACT MATERIALS - Council discussions - Recent scientific opinions on particular substances that may be used in food contact materials would be taken into account
  • EU: 19 November 2018 RESIDUES - Council discussions - Pesticides: maximum residue levels for iprodione
  • UK: 19 November 2018 HYGIENE – FSA Consultation: Proposed process for delayed and partial evisceration of poultry
  • INT: 16 November 2018 WTO - Technical Barriers to Trade Meeting: New matters raised as trade concerns
  • INT: 16 November 2018 CODEX - Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (50th Session)
  • UK: 16 November 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Yorkshire abattoir fined for food hygiene failings
  • EU: 14 November 2018 BREXIT / PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement
  • INT: 13 November 2018 CODEX COMMITTEE - Landmark food hygiene discussions begin in Panama
  • EU: 13 November 2018 COURT OF JUSTICE - The taste of a food product is not eligible for copyright protection / The taste of a food product cannot be classified as a ‘work’
  • EU: 13 November 2018 GMOs - Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors publish statement on the regulation of gene editing
  • EU: 7 November 2018 LABELLING - European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan' initiative'
  • UK: 6 November 2018 BREXIT / LABELLING - Food labelling: amending laws - DEFRA Consultation
  • INT: 1 and 2 November 2018 SPS COMMITTEE - Members discuss precision biotechnology as a tool for agricultural innovation
  • UK: 1 November 2018 BREXIT - Draft Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

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

  • 7 December 2018: UK Statutory Instrument 2018 No 1275 - Quality Schemes (Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs) Regulations 2018
  • 30 November 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1871 of 23 November 2018 registering a geographical indication for a spirit drink in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 (‘Карнобатска гроздова ракия’/‘Гроздова ракия от Карнобат’/‘Karnobatska grozdova rakya’/‘Grozdova rakya ot Karnobat’ (GI)) (OJ L306, 30.11.2018, page 7)
  • 27 November 2018: UK Statutory Instrument 2018 No 1241 - Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018
  • 13 November 2018: Commission Decision (EU) 2018/1701 of 7 November 2018 on the proposed citizens' initiative entitled ‘Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian/Vegetarian/Vegan’ (OJ L285, 13.11.2018, page  80)
  • 12 November 2018: Regulation (EU) 2018/1670 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 amending Regulation (EC) No 110/2008 as regards nominal quantities for the placing on the Union market of single distilled shochu produced by pot still and bottled in Japan (OJ L284, 12.11.2018, page 1)
  • 8 November 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1660 of 7 November 2018 imposing special conditions governing the import of certain food of non-animal origin from certain third countries due to the risks of contamination with pesticides residues, amending Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) No 885/2014 (OJ L278, 8.11.2018, page 7)
  • 8 November 2018: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1668 of 6 November 2018 amending Annex I to Decision 2006/766/EC as regards the entry for the United States of America in the list of third countries and territories from which imports of live, chilled, frozen or processed bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods for human consumption are permitted (OJ L278, 8.11.2018, page 26
  • 6 November 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1648 of 29 October 2018 authorising the placing on the market of xylo-oligosaccharides as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L275, 6.11.2018, page 1)
  • 6 November 2018: Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1649 of 5 November 2018 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards removal from the Union list of certain flavouring substances (OJ L275, 6.11.2018, page 7)
  • 6 November 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1650 of 5 November 2018 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the entries for Canada, Russia and the United States in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which certain poultry commodities may be imported into or transit through the Union in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza (OJ L275, 6.11.2018, page 10)
  • 5 November 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1647 of 31 October 2018 authorising the placing on the market of egg membrane hydrolysate as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L274, 5.11.2018, page 51)

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

Court of Justice Press Release: The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from

A copy of the Press Release is available on this site. See also: EU: 10 December 2018 BREXIT - The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU

FSA Local Authority Letter: The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks

A copy of the letter is available on this site. See also: UK: 6 December 2018 BREXIT / MEAT HYGIENE - The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document can be accessed from:

DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site (click on image). See also: UK: 3 December 2018 BREXIT / CLAIMS – DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document can be accessed from:

FRC Food Brexit Briefing - Why Local Authorities should prepare Food Brexit Plans

A copy of this report is available on this site. See also: UK: 30 November 2018 BREXIT - Councils advised to set up ‘food resilience teams’ to prepare for Brexit

Food and feed law: legislation review (July to September 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 from the Government website. See also: UK: 26 November 2018 LEGISLATION - Food and feed law: legislation review (July to September 2018)

FSA: Food Standards Delivery Review - Report of Findings

A copy of this report is available on this site (click on image). See also: UK: 22 November 2018 ENFORCEMENT - Publication of review of Food Standards delivery

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document can be seen at:

FSA Consultation: Proposed process for authorising the delayed evisceration and partial evisceration of poultry in FSA approved poultry slaughterhouse

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site. See also: UK: 19 November 2018 HYGIENE – FSA Consultation: Proposed process for delayed and partial evisceration of poultry

Report of the 50th Session of the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the Codex website. See also: INT: 16 November 2018 CODEX - Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (50th Session)

Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement - Questions and Answer

A copy of the full 'Memo' is available on this site. See also: EU: 14 November 2018 BREXIT / PROTECTED DESIGNATIONS - Brexit Negotiations: What is in the Withdrawal Agreement

A Scientific Perspective on the Regulatory Status of Products Derived from Gene Editing and the Implications  for the GMO Directive

A copy of this document can be downloaded from the Commission's site. See also: EU: 13 November 2018 GMOs - Commission’s Chief Scientific Advisors publish statement on the regulation of gene editing

DEFRA Consultation Document: Food labelling: amending laws

A copy of the full consultation document is available on this site. See also: UK: 6 November 2018 BREXIT / LABELLING - Food labelling: amending laws - DEFRA Consultation

Draft Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

This draft SI has been published by DEFRA. Comments are requied by 13 November when 'sifting' is completed. An Explanatory Memorandum is aslo available. See also: UK: 1 November 2018 BREXIT - Draft Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (England) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

For older documents, see: Documents


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