Food Law News - UK - 2013

DoH Consultation, 15 November 2013

INFANT FORMULAE – Consultation: The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Copies of some of the consultation documents are available on this site. See: (1) Consultation document, and (2) Draft Statutory Instrument

This consultation document sets out our proposals to amend the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 (as amended), to implement Commission Directive 2013/46/EU of 28 August 2013 amending Directive 2006/141/EC with regard to protein requirements for infant formula and follow-on formula. This Directive makes two technical changes to the compositional criteria following applications to the European Commission to amend Directive 2006/141/EC. These follow positive assessment by the European Food Safety Authority. The new provisions:

These provisions are beneficial for product innovation and will permit a wider choice of products for parents and carers who choose to use formula milks. It is voluntary for businesses to reformulate or introduce new products to the market in-line with the new compositional criteria, therefore no significant costs to business have been identified. The Directive requires member states to implement the necessary changes to national law by 28 February 2014. Due to the timescales available, there is not any scope to introduce the implementing measure any sooner. Products conforming to the new compositional criteria, will not be permitted to be placed on the market until the implementing measure enters into force.

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