Food Law News - UK - 2008

FSA News item, 20 June 2008

PARNUTS - Scottish ruling on infant formula regulations

A ruling issued by the Court of Session in Edinburgh this week means that manufacturers of infant formula and follow-on formula in Scotland have until 1 January 2010 to introduce new labelling requirements.

The ruling comes following a legal challenge by the Infant and Dietetic Foods Association (IDFA) against the Scottish Government, in relation to the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Scotland Regulations 2007.

The regulations are designed to help parents and carers by introducing stricter controls on labelling and advertising of all types of formulae, ensuring that breastfeeding is not undermined by the marketing and promotion of such products.

Earlier this year, a High Court Judge also ruled that the labelling aspects of the regulations should not apply in England and Wales until 1 January 2010.

The case in Northern Ireland has been adjourned until the completion of the proceedings in the rest of the UK.

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