Food Law News - EU - 2004

FSA Consultation Letter, 3 June 2004

PARNUTS - Consultation on a consolidated Directive of the European Parliament and Council on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses

A proposal, presented by the European Commission, codifies into a single instrument Directive 89/398/EEC of 3 May 1989 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses and its three amendments made in 1996, 1999 and 2003.

Consultation details

The Directive defines foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses (‘parnuts’ foods); lays down general rules for the composition and labelling of such products; provides for specific rules on parnuts foods for specific groups to be laid down, e.g. infants and young children; provides for a notification procedure for new products not falling within those specific groups; and establishes a procedure by which new products that do not comply with specific compositional criteria may be placed on the market for a limited period.

This proposal to codify Directive 89/398/EEC and its amendments will not result in any substantive changes to the text.

By way of this consultation, we are requesting your comments on the proposal. For example, whether in codifying the text there have been any omissions or areas where the text is now confusing or difficult to interpret when compared to before. This is not an opportunity to reopen discussions on European Union policy on the manufacture and sale of parnuts foods. The Commission has requested comments by 1 June; therefore, please forward your comments to Akki Khan (address given at the top of the page) as soon as possible. We will consider comments received after this date for the usual 12 week period to 18 August 2004.

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