Food Law News - UK - 2010

FSA News Item, 1 September 2010

LABELLING/ADMINISTRATION - Government food labelling changes

From today, there are changes being made to which Government departments have responsibility for food labelling policy.

The FSA will retain responsibility for food safety aspects of labelling but, in England, other responsibilities will go to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Responsibilities for nutrition labelling will move to the Department of Health at a later date. The three departments will be working closely together to ensure joined up engagement from government on food labelling policy.

The devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently considering whether they want to make any alterations to their current arrangements for food labelling and composition policy, given these changes in England. However, at present, functions that are transferring in England remain the responsibility of the FSA in those countries.

The overall labelling policy responsibilities for each department are set out below.

Food Standards Agency

The FSA will retain responsibility for food safety aspects of labelling. This will cover:

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra will continue to cover its current labelling responsibilities, such as welfare, marketing standards and eco labelling. It will also now deal with labelling where this does not relate to food safety or nutrition. This includes:

Department of Health

DH will cover nutritional labelling policy (and relevant EU negotiations).This will include:

Please note that nutrition labelling related issues remain within the FSA until they are transferred to DH.

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