Food Law News - EU - 1996

2 August 1996: NATURAL MINERAL WATERS - Amendment to Directive 80/777

MAFF Letter, 2 August 1996

Amendment to the Natural Mineral Waters Directive

A proposal to amend the Directive relating to natural mineral waters (Directive 80/777) was published by the Commission in November 1994. A Common Position was adopted in December 1995 and two further amendments were adopted by the European Parliament at Second Reading on 22 May 1996.

The amended proposal, including the two European Parliament amendments, was adopted by qualified majority on 23 July 1996. The main objectives of the amending Directive are to take account of technical and scientific progress since 1980 and to rationalise the provisions of the Directive to bring them into line with other provisions of Community food law. The changes include:

Member States must permit trade in products complying with the new provisions within 12 months and prohibit trade in products not complying with them within 24 months (although products labelled before that time may continue to be sold).

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