Food Law News - UK - 2011

FSA Consultation Letter, 17 January 2011

ADDITIVES -New draft regulations on food additives published: Purity criteria amendments

A copy of the draft Statutory Instrument is available on this site. See: Draft Additive Regulations - Purity Criteria Amendment

The Food Standards Agency has published new draft regulations in England that will implement two European directives. The directives set criteria for the purity of four new food additives and one sweetener recently permitted for use in the European Union.

The new additives are:

The aim of the purity criteria legislation is to make sure that each additive meets specified compositional criteria for its manufacture and production.

Minor amendments have also been made to the existing specifications to bring them in line with international safety standards and to take account of new technological developments.

The new regulations, which will come into force in England on 31 March 2011, implement these two European directives:

It is not thought that these new rules are will impose any additional costs to manufacturers.

If you require any further information or have any comments, please contact the Food Additives Team by emailing or calling: 020 7276 8570 by Friday 11 February 2011.

Similar regulations are being made in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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