Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2019

DEFRA Press Release, 5 February 2019

LABELLING - No deal Brexit advice: guidance on food and drink labelling

The Government has issued guidance on food and drink labelling in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Guidance: Food labelling changes after Brexit

The guidance was published as a web page but has been saved on this site as a pdf file (click on image) The Guidance can be found on-line at: In addition, the government has provided a summary of responses to the consultation exercise. See:

The following is the text of the press release:

The government has today (5 February) issued updated guidance on food and drink labelling in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Delivering a deal with the EU remains the government’s top priority. This has not changed. However a responsible government must prepare for every eventuality, including a no deal scenario.

While food businesses will have a 21 month transition period for the most significant changes to food labels, in the event of no deal Brexit there are some technical changes to labels that will be required from day one. For products placed on the UK market after 29 March 2019, these changes include:

The EU emblem must not be used on goods produced in the UK unless a company has been authorised by the EU to do so;

For goods placed on the UK market after 29 March 2019 where, as a result of EU Exit, the information is technically incorrect (for example UK products labelled as origin ‘EU’), the UK government will encourage enforcement officers to take a pragmatic approach to enforcement, which fully protects the interests of consumers while ensuring industry are able to manage the scale of labelling changes required.

The EU and other non-EU countries may require wholly accurate labelling for access to their markets. In these instances, we would recommend labels are replaced or over-stickered as required to ensure they are fully accurate.

A 21 month transition period has been agreed to give businesses more time to make other labelling changes such as ensuring there is a UK address for the responsible Food Business Operator or importer on the label.

There will be a three year transition period for the new UK Geographical Indication Schemes logo. The new UK logo will be available from 29 March 2019 so producers have the option to make GI labelling changes before the end of the adoption period if they wish.

All changes will be subject to parliamentary process.

For the original consultation, see: 6 November 2018 BREXIT / LABELLING - Food labelling: amending laws - DEFRA Consultation.

In addition, the government has provided

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