FSA Letter, 30 July 2002
[See also News Item 18 July 2002 and the Proposal COM (2002) 0400]
The Food Standards Agency is consulting on a proposal from the European Commission for a new Regulation on smoke flavourings. The closing date for comments is 7 September 2002.
The European Commission has published its proposal to establish Community procedures for the evaluation and authorisation of primary smoke condensates and primary tar fractions for use as such in or on foods or in the production of derived smoke flavourings for use in or on foods. The main elements of this proposal are:
Denmark has indicated that implementation of food safety legislation is a priority for the term of its Presidency of the EU, which runs from July to December 2002. As discussion of this proposal has been scheduled to take place in September and October, this consultation will be subject to a shorter deadline than the standard period of twelve weeks. Comments on this proposal should therefore be submitted by 7 September 2002. Industry recipients are invited to provide estimates of any financial costs likely to be incurred in complying with the proposed legislation.
In the UK, this proposal will be examined by the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee and the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities.
The adoption of this measure is subject to the EC Co-decision procedure. The proposal will be debated by the European Parliament, whose views will be taken into account before Member States reach a Common Position on the proposal.
Once the Regulation is agreed by the Council and European Parliament, it will be directly applicable in the UK. Most of the provisions only come into effect after an approved list of smoke extracts has been drawn up, which will be two years or more after the Regulation is adopted.
Comments and views, including estimates of compliance costs arising from the traceability proposals should be received no later than 7 September 2002.