Food Law News - EU - 1997

17 January 1997: ADDITIVES - Amendment to Sweeteners Directive Adopted

MAFF Letter, 17 January 1997

Amendment to Sweeteners Directive Adopted

At the Environment Council meeting on the 9/10 December 1996, the proposal to amend the Sweeteners Directive (94/35/EC) was finally adopted unamended {See earlier item on Common Position,
27 June 1996).

The amending directive adds further foods to those which may contain specified sweeteners. It also makes a number of technical changes: adding a definition of "quantum satis"; introducing an Article relating to compound foods; and, amending the category "vitamin and dietary preparations to "Food supplements/diet integrators based on vitamins and/or mineral elements, syrup-type or chewable".

The Directive must be implemented within 12 months of its adoption and products not conforming must be prohibited within 18 months (except that those already marked or labelled may be sold until stocks are exhausted).

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