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Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Last updated: 26 February, 2021

Latest News, Legislation and Documents

Latest News

  • EU: 24 February 2021 SPIRIT DRINKS - Commission Consultation on Draft Regulation: Spirit Drinks: labelling provisions for blends
  • UK: 24 February 2021 BREXIT - FSA Board Paper: EU Transition Update
  • INT: 22 February 2021 CODEX - CCGP France / Organization key to building a successful virtual event
  • EU: 15 February 2021 NUTRITION LABELLING - Pro-Nutri-Score countries join forces to step up label roll-out
  • UK: 15 February 2021 FOOD HYGIENE / OFFICIAL CONTROLS - CIEH concerned at rise of lockdown home food businesses
  • UK: 8 February 2021 COMPOSITIONAL STANDARDS – DEFRA Consultation on amending certain domestic food legislation in England
  • UK: 8 February 2021 SHELLFISH / TRADE - Trade in live bivalve molluscs from GB to EU for purification in the EU
  • INT: 7 February 2021 CODEX - Codex technical committees underway again with meeting of General Principles
  • EU: 3 February 2021 NUTRITION LABELLING - Commission requests EFSA’s scientific advice to inform harmonised front-of-pack labelling and restriction of claims on foods
  • EU: 29 January 2021 OFFICIAL CONTROLS / EU AUDITS - The Commission reports on the overall operation of official controls in Member States during 2017 and 2018
  • UK: 29 January 2021 NOVEL FOODS - Deadline for CBD novel food applications approaching
  • EU: 26 January 2021 SUSTAINABILITY - Farm to Fork: Commission push for responsible food business and marketing practices
  • UK: 26 January 2021 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Funding for new checks on animal products creates 500 jobs - Local authorities will help maintain high standards by carrying out checks on imported animal products from the EU
  • EU: 25 January 2021 ORGANIC FOOD - Council Discussions: Application date of the amendments to certain production rules for organic products
  • EU: 25 January 2021 FORTIFIED FOODS - Council Discussions: Botanical species containing hydroxyanthracene derivatives
  • EU: 25 January 2021 CONTAMINANTS - Council Discussions: Maximum residue levels for some substances in or on certain products
  • EU: 25 January 2021 CONTAMINANTS - Council Discussions: Maximum residue levels for chlordecone in or on certain products
  • EU: 25 January 2021 HYGIENE ALLERGENS - Council Discussions: Hygiene of foodstuffs as regards food allergen management
  • EU: 25 January 2021 FOOD SUPPLEMENTS – Council Discussions: Substances used in the manufacture of food supplements
  • EU: 22 January 2021 GMOs - The Commission authorises eight genetically modified crops for use as food and feed
  • EU: 19 January 2021 MARKETING STANDARDS - Commission consultation: Agricultural products – revision of EU marketing standards
  • INT: 13 January 2021 CODEX - FAO, WHO and Codex continuing to fulfil leadership in food safety and public health
  • UK: 7 January 2021 GMOs - DEFRA Consultation: Gene editing creates potential to protect the nation’s environment, pollinators and wildlife
  • EU: 5 January 2021 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Food safety - composite food products exempt from official checks at EU borders

For news items for 2020, see Food Law News - 2020. For other years, see: Food Law News - Index


Latest Legislation

A listing of some of the most recently published EU and UK key legislation. To access other legislation pages on this site, see Food Legislation - Index

  • 24 February 2021: UK SI 2021, No. 168 - Nutrition (Amendment) and Food for Specific Groups (Food for Special Medical Purposes for Infants, Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula) (Information and Compositional Requirements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
  • 23 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/279 of 22 February 2021 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council on controls and other measures ensuring traceability and compliance in organic production and the labelling of organic products (OJ L62, 23.2.2021, page 6)
  • 22 February 2021: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/269 of 4 December 2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/427 as regards the date of application of the amendments to certain detailed production rules for organic products in Annex II to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council (OJ L60, 22.2.21, page 24)
  • 16 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/181 of 15 February 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products with regard to organic production, labelling and control (OJ L53, 16.2.2021, page 99)
  • 15 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/171 of 12 February 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/626 as regards lists of third countries and regions thereof authorised for the entry of consignments of insects into the Union (OJ L50, 15.2.2021, page 4)
  • 10 February 2021: Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/155 of 9 February 2021 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 carbon tetrachloride, chlorothalonil, chlorpropham, dimethoate, ethoprophos, fenamidone, methiocarb, omethoate, propiconazole and pymetrozine in or on certain products (OJ L46, 10.2.2021, page 5)
  • 9 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/148 of 8 February 2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 257/2010 setting up a programme for the re-evaluation of approved food additives in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food additives (OJ L44, 9.2.2021, page 3)
  • 4 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/130 of 3 February 2021 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the entry for the United Kingdom in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which certain poultry commodities may be imported into and transit through the Union in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza (OJ L40, 4.2.2021, page 16)
  • 3 February 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/120 of 2 February 2021 authorising the placing on the market of partially defatted rapeseed powder from Brassica rapa L. and Brassica napus L. as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L37, 3.2.2021, page 1)
  • 1 February 2021: UK SI 2021, No 94 - Organic Control (Amendment) Regulations 2021
  • 29 January 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/96 of 28 January 2021 authorising the placing on the market of 3'-sialyllactose sodium salt as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L31, 29.1.2021, page 201)
  • 28 January 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/83 of 27 January 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 as regards the performance of official controls and other official activities by specifically authorised natural persons and the period of application of temporary measures (OJ L29, 28.1.2021, page 23)
  • 28 January 2021: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/82 of 27 January 2021 authorising the placing on the market of 6’-sialyllactose sodium salt as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L29, 28.1.2021, page 16)
  • 28 January 2021: Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/77 of 27 January 2021 refusing to authorise certain health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health (OJ L29, 28.1.2021, page 1)

For earlier EU legislation for 2020, see: EU Food Laws: 2020


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 Draft Regulation: COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) …/... of XXX amending Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards labelling provisions for blends

A copy of this document is available on this site (click on image). For full details of the consultation, see the consultation page: Spirit Drinks: labelling provisions for blends. The consultation closes on 24 March 2021. See also: EU: 24 February 2021 SPIRIT DRINKS - Commission Consultation on Draft Regulation: Spirit Drinks: labelling provisions for blends

Paper for the FSA Board meeting on 9 March 2021: FSA Board Paper: EU Transition Update

A copy of the paper is available on this site. See also: UK: 24 February 2021 BREXIT - FSA Board Paper: EU Transition Update

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original web page can accessed from:

DEFRA Consultation: Consultation on amending domestic food legislation in England

The consultation is provided on a web page but the details have been saved as a pdf and is available in that format Mon this site. See also: UK: 8 February 2021 COMPOSITIONAL STANDARDS – DEFRA Consultation on amending certain domestic food legislation in England

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original web page can accessed from:

DEFRA Letter: Trade in live bivalve molluscs from GB to EU for purification in the EU

A copy of the letter is available on this site. See also: UK: 8 February 2021 SHELLFISH / TRADE - DEFRA Letter: Trade in live bivalve molluscs from GB to EU for purification in the EU

Provided uder the Open Government Licence. The original web page can accessed from:

Request for a scientific opinion on development of harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling and the setting of nutrient profiles for restricting nutrition and health claims on foods

The document is available on the EFSA website. See also: EU: 3 February 2021 NUTRITION LABELLING - Commission requests EFSA’s scientific advice to inform harmonised front-of-pack labelling and restriction of claims on foods

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council: On the overall operation of official controls performed in Member States (2017-2018) to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products

A copy of this report is available on this site. An additional Staff Working Document is also available. See also: EU: 29 January 2021 OFFICIAL CONTROLS / EU AUDITS - The Commission reports on the overall operation of official controls in Member States during 2017 and 2018

Commission consultation - Inception Impact Assessment: Agricultural products – revision of EU marketing standards

A copy of this document is available on this site. See also: EU: 19 January 2021 MARKETING STANDARDS - Commission consultation: Agricultural products – revision of EU marketing standards

Commission consultation: Draft COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain categories of goods exempted from official controls at border control posts and amending Commission Decision 2007/275/EC See also the Draft Annex. See also: EU: 5 January 2021 OFFICIAL CONTROLS - Commission consultation: Food safety - composite food products exempt from official checks at EU borders

For older documents, see: Documents


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