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Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Last updated: 18 January, 2019

Latest News, Legislation and Documents

New on this site:
The 'General Food Law': EU Regulation 178/2002
Providing a short introduction to the Regulation and links to relevant documents

 

Latest News

  • EU: 18 January 2019 CLAIMS - EU Commission misses deadline by 10 years to tackle misleading use of food claims
  • EU: 17 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Time to improve checks of chemicals in food, recommends EU report
  • EU: 17 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Delegated Regulation on specific training requirements for staff for performing physical checks
  • EU: 16 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Draft Delegated Regulation on rules derogations on the designation of border control posts and from border control post requirements
  • EU: 16 January 2019 PESTICIDES - MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure
  • EU: 15 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Court of Auditors Report: EU food safety system overstretched
  • EU: 15 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Border controls for livestock and goods
  • EU: 11 January 2019 CONTAMINANTS - Commission Consultation: Limits for pharmacologically active substances prohibited in animal products
  • UK: 7 January 2019 TRACEABILITY / RECALL – FSA Consultation: Guidance on food traceability, withdrawals and recalls within the UK food industry
  • EU: 21 December 2018 HYGIENE - Commission Consultation: Oenological practices authorised in the European Union (delegated rules)
  • EU: 21 December 2018 WINE – Commission Consultation: Oenological practices authorised in the European Union (implementing rules)
  • EU: 20 December 2018 HYGIENE - Commission Consultation: Commission Regulation as regards Salmonella in reptile meat
  • EU: 19 December 2018 CLAIMS – Council discussions: Derogations for the use of certain generic descriptors
  • EU: 19 December 2018 CONTAMINATION - Follow-up to the fipronil incident: state of play of implementation
  • EU: 19 December 2018 GMOs - Commission authorises two genetically modified products for food and feed use
  • UK: 17 December 2018 ENFORCEMENT - Regulating our Future (ROF) - change expectations for local authorities for 2019-2020. Update on the outcome of the consultation on the Food Law Code of Practice
  • EU: 17 December 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - Regulation amending general food law - General approach
  • EU: 17 December 2018 AUDITS - DG Health and Food Safety publishes its Programme of Audits and Analysis for 2019
  • INT: 14 December 2018 CODEX - Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (6th Session)
  • UK: 14 December 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Meat official control charges – proposal to remove plant inspection assistant discount
  • UK: 13 December 2018 LABELLING - Government response to the consultation on low-alcohol descriptors
  • EU: 12 December 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - More transparent scientific studies on food safety: Council agrees its position
  • EU: 11 December 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - BEUC Comments: EU Parliament votes to lift the veil on food safety assessments
  • EU: 11 December 2018 RISK ASSESSMENT - Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention
  • EU: 11 December 2018 HYGIENE – Council discussionsMicrobiological criteria for foodstuffs
  • EU: 11 December 2018 HYGIENE – Council discussions: Salmonella testing and sampling in poultry
  • EU: 11 December 2018 CONTAMINANTS – Council discussions: Pesticides: maximum residue levels for various substances
  • UK: 10 December 2018 LABELLING - Dairy UK and the PTF Launch New Codes of Practice to Safeguard Cheese and Cream Standards
  • EU: 10 December 2018 SPIRIT DRINKS – Council discussions: Spirit drinks: registration of 'Tequila' as geographical indication
  • UK: 10 December 2018 BREXIT - Food and Drink Federation response to Prime Minister's statement
  • EU: 10 December 2018 BREXIT - The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU
  • INT: 10 December 2018 CODEX - Codex task force convenes to forge ahead on antimicrobial resistance
  • EU: 7 December 2018 CONTAMINANTS - Council discussions: Pesticides - maximum residue levels for iprodione
  • EU: 7 December 2018 NUTRITION - EU moves closer to long-awaited limit to heart-clogging trans fat
  • EU: 7 December 2018 NUTRITION - Member States support Commission's proposal to cut down presence of trans fatty acids
  • UK: 6 December 2018 BREXIT / MEAT HYGIENE - The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks
  • UK: 5 December 2018 BREXIT / ALLERGENS / ENFORCEMENT - Summary of discussions at the FSA Board meeting on 5 December 2018
  • UK: 4 December 2018 NUTRITION / LABELLING - House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report: Energy drinks and children
  • UK: 4 December 2018 BREXIT - Food and feed safety risk assessment and management if there’s no Brexit deal
  • UK: 3 December 2018 BREXIT / CLAIMS – DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

For earlier news item for 2018, see Food Law News 2018


Latest Legislation

A listing of some of the most recently published EU and UK key legislation. For a complete listing, see EU Food Laws 2018 or UK Food Regulations - Chronological Listing - Current

  • 16 January 2019: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/64 of 14 January 2019 amending Decision 2011/163/EU on the approval of plans submitted by third countries in accordance with Article 29 of Council Directive 96/23/EC (OJ L13, 16.1.2019, page 2)
  • 15 January 2019: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/58 of 14 January 2019 amending Annexes II, III and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for linuron in or on certain products (OJ L12, 15.1.2019, page 1)
  • 14 January 2019: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/50 of 11 January 2019 amending Annexes II, III, IV and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlorantraniliprole, clomazone, cyclaniliprole, fenazaquin, fenpicoxamid, fluoxastrobin, lambda-cyhalothrin, mepiquat, onion oil, thiacloprid and valifenalate in or on certain products (OJ L10, 14.1.2019, page 8)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/33 of 17 October 2018 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards applications for protection of designations of origin, geographical indications and traditional terms in the wine sector, the objection procedure, restrictions of use, amendments to product specifications, cancellation of protection, and labelling and presentation (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page 2)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/34 of 17 October 2018 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards applications for protection of designations of origin, geographical indications and traditional terms in the wine sector, the objection procedure, amendments to product specifications, the register of protected names, cancellation of protection and use of symbols, and of Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an appropriate system of checks (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page 46)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/35 of 8 January 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 implementing Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the increased level of official controls on imports of certain feed and food of non-animal origin (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page77)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/37 of 10 January 2019 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page 88)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/38 of 10 January 2019 amending Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for iprodione in or on certain products  (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page 94)
  • 11 January 2019: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/39 of 10 January 2019 amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries  (OJ L9, 11.1.2019, page 106)
  • 7 January 2019: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/14 of 3 January 2019 amending Decision 2009/821/EC as regards the lists of border inspection posts and veterinary units in Traces  (OJ L3, 7.1.2019, page 3)
  • 21 December 2018: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2045 of 19 December 2018 renewing the authorisation for the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified maize NK603 × MON 810 (MON-ØØ6Ø3-6 × MON-ØØ81Ø-6) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L327, 21.12.2018, page 65)
  • 21 December 2018: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/2046 of 19 December 2018 authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified maize MON 87427 × MON 89034 × 1507 × MON 88017 × 59122, and genetically modified maize combining two, three or four of the single events MON 87427, MON 89034, 1507, MON 88017 and 59122 and repealing Decision 2011/366/EU (OJ L327, 21.12.2018, page 70)
  • 19 December 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2016 of 18 December 2018 authorising the placing on the market of decorticated grains of Digitaria exilis as a traditional food from a third country under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L323, 19.122018, page 1)
  • 19 December 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2017 of 18 December 2018 authorising the placing on the market of syrup from Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench as a traditional food from a third country under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L323, 19.122018, page 4)
  • 17 December 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1991 of 13 December 2018 authorising the placing on the market of berries of Lonicera caerulea L. as a traditional food from a third country under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L320, 17.12.2018, page 22)
  • 13 December 2018: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1967 of 12 December 2018 amending Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 to classify the substance paromomycin as regards its maximum residue limit (OJ L316, 13.12.2018, page 6)
  • 7 December 2018: UK Statutory Instrument 2018 No 1275 - Quality Schemes (Agricultural Products and Foodstuffs) Regulations 2018

Latest Documents

Providing access to recent key documents relating to UK, EU or international aspects of food law. Some will be available from this site, others will be available from links to other sites. To access documents, click on the images. Documents are shown with the most recent additions first. For older documents, see: Documents

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX establishing rules on specific training requirements for staff for performing certain physical checks at border control posts

A copy of this draft is available on this site. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2019-275600_en. Consultation closes 14 February 2019. See also: EU: 17 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Delegated Regulation on specific training requirements for staff for performing physical checks

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council by derogating from the rules on the designation of control points and from the minimum requirements for border control posts

A copy of this draft is available on this site. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2019-238799_en. Consultation closes 13 February 2019.See also: EU: 16 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Draft Delegated Regulation on rules derogations on the designation of border control posts and from border control post requirements

Chemical hazards in our food: EU food safety policy protects us but faces challenges

A copy of this report is available on this site. See also: EU: 15 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Court of Auditors Report: EU food safety system overstretched

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX on prior notification of consignments of certain categories of animals and goods entering the Union

A copy of this draft is available on this site. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-1213844_en. Consultation closes 12 February 2019. See also: EU: 15 January 2019 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission Consultation: Border controls for livestock and goods

Commission Draft: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX on reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances present in food of animal origin and repealing Decision 2005/34/EC

A copy of this draft is available on this site (click on image). In addition the draft Annex is available in a separate file - see: Reference points for action for non-allowed pharmacologically active substances - Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2019-152722_en. Consultation closes 8 February 2019. See also: EU: 11 January 2019 CONTAMINANTS - Commission Consultation: Limits for pharmacologically active substances prohibited in animal products

Consultation: Guidance on Food Traceability, Withdrawals and Recalls within the UK Food Industry

A copy of the Consultation Letter is available on this site (click on image). Also available on this site is the Draft Guidance. See also: UK: 7 January 2019 TRACEABILITY / RECALL – FSA Consultation: Guidance on food traceability, withdrawals and recalls within the UK food industry

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original consultation letter was accessed from: . The original draft guidance was accessed from:

COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards wine-growing areas where the alcoholic strength may be increased, authorised oenological practices and restrictions applicable to the production and conservation of grapevine products, the minimum percentage of alcohol for by-products and their disposal, and publication of OIV files, and amending Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/273 as regards the importation of wine originating in Canada and exempting retailers of holding an inward and outward register

A copy of this draft is available on this site (click on image). In addition the draft Annex is available in a separate file - see: Oenological Practices (Del) - Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-6604117_en. Consultation closes 18 January 2019. See also: EU: 21 December 2018 HYGIENE - Commission Consultation: Oenological practices authorised in the European Union (delegated rules)

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards analysis methods for determining the physical, chemical and organoleptic characteristics of grapevine products and notifications of Member States decisions concerning increases in natural alcoholic strength

A copy of this draft is available on this site (click on image). In addition the draft Annex is available in a separate file - see: Oenological Practices (Imp) - Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: hhttps://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-6604155_en. Consultation closes 18 January 2019. See also: EU: 21 December 2018 WINE – Commission Consultation: Oenological practices authorised in the European Union (implementing rules)

Draft Regulation: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 as regards Salmonella in reptile meat

A copy of this draft is available on this site (click on image). In addition the draft Annex is available in a separate file - see: Reptile Meat - Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/initiatives/ares-2018-6589878_en. Consultation closes 17 January 2019. See also: EU: 20 December 2018 HYGIENE - Commission Consultation: Commission Regulation as regards Salmonella in reptile meat

COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) …/… of XXX providing derogations from Article 1(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on food for the use of certain generic descriptor

This is the draft of a regulation submitted to the Council for consideration. However it is also necessary to see the Annex which was provided in a separate document - see: Draft Annex. See also: EU: 19 December 2018 CLAIMS – Council discussions: Derogations for the use of certain generic descriptors

Follow-up to the fipronil incident of 2017 - Information from the Commission

A copy of the Commission document (15123/18) presented to the Council is available on this site. See also: EU: 19 December 2018 CONTAMINATION - Follow-up to the fipronil incident: state of play of implementation.

FSA Local Authority Letter: Regulating our Future (ROF) - change expectations for local authorities for 2019-2020

A copy of the full document is available on this site. See also: UK: 17 December 2018 ENFORCEMENT - Regulating our Future (ROF) - change expectations for local authorities for 2019-2020. Update on the outcome of the consultation on the Food Law Code of Practice

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document was accessed from:

Health and Food Audits and Analysis Programme 2019

A copy of the programme is available on this site. See also: EU: 17 December 2018 AUDITS - DG Health and Food Safety publishes its Programme of Audits and Analysis for 2019

Report of the Sixth Session of the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the Codex website. See also: INT: 14 December 2018 CODEX - Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (6th Session)

FSA Consultation: Meat official control charges – Proposal to remove plan inspection assistant disco:unt

A copy of this document is available on this site (click on image). See also the full text of the Interested Parties Letter. The consultation closes on the 25 January 2019. See also: UK: 14 December 2018 MEAT HYGIENE - Meat official control charges – proposal to remove plant inspection assistant discount

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original consultation documents were accessed from:

Low Alcohol Descriptors Guidance

A copy of this publication from the Department of Health and Socail Care is available on this site. Also available is 'The Government response to the consultation on low alcohol descriptors'. See also: UK: 13 December 2018 LABELLING - Government response to the consultation on low-alcohol descriptors

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original Guidance document was accessed from: The original Government Response document was accessed from:

Code of Practice on Compositional Standards for UK Named Variety Cheeses

A copy of this Code is available on this site. The original version can be found at: https://www.dairyuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FINAL-Compositional-Standards-Cheese.pdf. See also: UK: 10 December 2018 LABELLING - Dairy UK and the PTF Launch New Codes of Practice to Safeguard Cheese and Cream Standards

Code of Practice on Compositional Standards for Cream Designations in the UK

A copy of this Code is available on this site. The original version can be found at: https://www.dairyuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/FINAL-Compositional-Standards-Cream.pdf. See also: UK: 10 December 2018 LABELLING - Dairy UK and the PTF Launch New Codes of Practice to Safeguard Cheese and Cream Standards

Court of Justice Press Release: The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from

A copy of the Press Release is available on this site. See also: EU: 10 December 2018 BREXIT - The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU

FSA Local Authority Letter: The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks

A copy of the letter is available on this site. See also: UK: 6 December 2018 BREXIT / MEAT HYGIENE - The new form of the UK’s Health and Identification Marks

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document was accessed from:

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report: Energy drinks and children

The full report can be downloaded from the Parliament website, See also: UK: 4 December 2018 NUTRITION / LABELLING - House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report: Energy drinks and children

DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

A copy of the consultation document is available on this site (click on image). See also: UK: 3 December 2018 BREXIT / CLAIMS – DHSC Consultation: The Nutrition (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original document was accessed from:

For older documents, see: Documents


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