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Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Last updated: 5 August, 2020

Latest News, Legislation and Documents

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Latest News

  • INT: 3 August 2020 CODEX - Codex Committee for Processed Fruits and Vegetables (29th Session)
  • INT: 3 August 2020 CODEX - CCPFV29 – the only Codex technical committee to meet in 2020 concludes
  • UK: 3 August 2020 ENFORCEMENT - The Food Standards Agency (FSA) welcomes the sentencing of a man who unlawfully sold DNP for human consumption
  • INT: 31 July 2020 SPS MEASURES - WTO members adopt report on food safety, animal and plant health, paving way for new work
  • UK: 30 July 2020 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Consultation: Front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the UK: building on success
  • EU: 29 July 2020 ORGANIC FOOD - Commission consultation: Organic farming - new rules on official checks of organic production
  • UK: 29 July 2020 FOOD STRATEGY - Food and Drink Federation responds to the announcement of the National Food Strategy Interim Report
  • UK: 29 July 2020 FOOD STRATEGY - CIEH calls for stronger food standards protection in National Food Strategy
  • UK: 29 July 2020 FOOD STRATEGY - Independent report: Developing a National Food Strategy: independent review 2019
  • UK: 27 July 2020 NUTRITION - The Food and Drink Federation responds to the announcement of the new UK Government's obesity strategy
  • UK: 27 July 2020 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector: Government response to public consultation
  • UK: 27 July 2020 NUTRITION - New obesity strategy unveiled as country urged to lose weight to beat coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the NHS
  • EU: 23 July 2020 NOVEL FOODS / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – traditional foods from outside the EU (clearer information)
  • EU: 23 July 2020 NOVEL FOODS / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – novel foods (clearer information)
  • EU: 23 July 2020 ADDITIVES / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – food additives, enzymes & flavourings (clearer information)
  • INT: 22 July 2020 CODEX - Codex Executive Committee: a trailblazer for virtual working
  • EU: 17 July 2020 HYGIENE - Commission consultation: Revision of Trichinella detection method and import requirements
  • UK: 16 July 2020 BREXIT - UK internal market white paper
  • UK: 15 July 2020 HYGIENE - Consultation on the guidance for hunters and retailers on the safe handling, preparation and supply of wild game and wild game meat
  • INT: 13 July 2020 CODEX - Codex Executive Committee takes virtual route for standard setting
  • UK: 10 July 2020 BREXIT / TRADE: Trade and Agriculture Commission membership announced
  • UK: 9 July 2020 LABELLING / CLAIMS /NUTRITION - DHSC Consultation: Nutrition labelling, composition and standards (NLCS) legislation from 1 January 2021
  • EU: 9 July 2020 FOOD HYGIENE / ALLERGENS - Commission consultation: Food safety, allergies & food waste – new EU rules
  • EU: 8 July 2020 MEAT HYGIENE / TRADE - Judgment in Case T-429/18 BRF and SHB Comércio e Indústria de Alimentos v Commission
  • UK: 7 July 2020 BREXIT / TRADE - DEFRA Blog: Agriculture Bill, food and welfare standards
  • EU: 2 July 2020 ADMINISTRATION – Commission publishes July infringements package: key decisions
  • UK: 29 June 2020 BREXIT / TRADE - Government announces plan to form 'Trade and Agriculture Commission'
  • INT: 26 June 2020 WTO SPS COMMITTEE - Members discuss possible SPS Declaration for WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference
  • INT: 24 June 2020 WTO SPS / COVID-19 - Members underline importance of facilitating safe agri-food trade in times of crisis
  • INT: 24 June 2020 CODEX - The Latin American and the Caribbean region comes together to keep Codex work active
  • INT: 23 June 2020 CODEX - CCEXEC79 to meet virtually / First online session of a Codex committee confirmed
  • UK: 19 June 2020 COVID-19 - FSA Board pays tribute to food and feed industries for ‘an outstanding job in keeping food on the shelves’
  • UK: 18 June 2020 LABELLING / ALLERGENS - FSA publishes updated allergen guidance to reflect changes to labelling laws
  • INT: 17 June 2020 COVID-19 / CODEX - Ensuring food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic - a Codex observer view
  • UK: 17 June 2020 RISK ANALYSIS - FSA outlines role of science in protecting consumers’ interests post-EU transition
  • INT: 15 June 2020 CODEX - North America and South-West Pacific ready to tackle new challenges
  • UK: 12 June 2020 BREXIT - Government accelerates border planning for the end of the Transition Period
  • EU: 12 June 2020 HYGIENE - Commission Notice providing guidance on food safety management systems for food retail activities, including food donations
  • UK: 10 June 2020 BREXIT - Government must not go back on promises over food standards
  • INT: 8 June 2020 LABELLING – EHO Europe report: Alcohol labelling policies: most countries lagging behind in promoting healthier choices

For earlier 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 (not including UK regulations relating to Brexit). To access other legislation pages on this site, see Food Legislation - Index

  • 31 July 2020: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1141 of 29 July 2020 amending Decision 2011/163/EU on the approval of residue monitoring plans submitted by third countries in accordance with Article 29 of Council Directive 96/23/EC (OJ L248, 31.7.2020, page 12)
  • 30 July 2020: Corrigendum to Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1085 of 23 July 2020 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 chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in or on certain products (OJ L 239, 24.7.2020) (OJ L245, 30.7.2020, page 31)
  • 24 July 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1087 of 23 July 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 as regards the performance of official controls and other official activities by specifically authorised natural persons, the performance of analyses, testing or diagnoses and the period of application of temporary measures (OJ L239, 24.7.2020, page 12)
  • 24 July 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1085 of 23 July 2020 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 chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in or on certain products (OJ L239, 24.7.2020, page 7)
  • 9 July 2020: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/981 of 7 July 2020 amending Annex II to Decision 2007/777/EC as regards the entry for Kosovo in the list of third countries or parts thereof from which the introduction into the Union of meat products and treated stomachs, bladders and intestines is authorised and amending Annex III to that Decision as regards the model certificate for imports of those products from third countries (OJ L220, 9.7.2020, page 4)
  • 8 July 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/977 of 7 July 2020 derogating from Regulations (EC) No 889/2008 and (EC) No 1235/2008 as regards controls on the production of organic products due to the COVID-19 pandemic (OJ L217, 8.7.2020, page 1)
  • 7 July 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/973 of 6 July 2020 authorising a change of the conditions of use of the novel food ‛protein extract from pig kidneys’ and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L215, 7.7.2020, page 7)
  • 2 July 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/917 of 1 July 2020 authorising the placing on the market of infusion from coffee leaves of Coffea arabica L. and/or Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner as a traditional food from a third country under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 (OJ L209, 2.7.2020, page 10)
  • 2 July 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/916 of 1 July 2020 authorising the extension of use of xylo-oligosaccharides 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 L209, 2.7.2020, page 6)
  • 19 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/856 of 9 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for cyantraniliprole, cyazofamid, cyprodinil, fenpyroximate, fludioxonil, fluxapyroxad, imazalil, isofetamid, kresoxim-methyl, lufenuron, mandipropamid, propamocarb, pyraclostrobin, pyriofenone, pyriproxyfen and spinetoram in or on certain products (OJ L195, 19.6.2020, page 9)
  • 16 June 2020: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/786 of 15 June 2020 amending and correcting 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 L190, 16.6.2020, page 20)
  • 16 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/785 of 9 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chromafenozide, fluometuron, pencycuron, sedaxane, tau-fluvalinate and triazoxide in or on certain products (OJ L190, 16.6.2020, page 1)
  • 12 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/771 of 11 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Annex to Commission Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 as regards the use of Annatto, Bixin, Norbixin (E 160b) (OJ L184, 12.6.2020, page 25)
  • 12 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/770 of 8 June 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for myclobutanil, napropamide and sintofen in or on certain products (OJ L184, 12.6.2020, page 1)
  • 10 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/763 of 9 June 2020 amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 231/2012 laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specifications for tricalcium phosphate (E 341 (iii)) (OJ L182, 10.6.2020, page 8)
  • 8 June 2020: Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/749 of 4 June 2020 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlorate in or on certain products (OJ L178, 8.6.2020, page 7)

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

Report of the 29th Session of the Codex Committee for Processed Fruits and Vegetables

The report can be downloaded from the Codex website. See also: INT: 3 August 2020 CODEX - Codex Committee for Processed Fruits and Vegetables (29th Session)

WTO Publication: The Report of the Fifth Review of the Operation and Implementation of the SPS Agreement (G/SPS/64)

The report is in two separate documents. Copies of both parts are available on this site. For Part A, click on the image. For Part B, the Addendum (G/SPS/64/Add.1), click here. See also: INT: 31 July 2020 SPS MEASURES - WTO members adopt report on food safety, animal and plant health, paving way for new work

Consultation Document: Building on the success of front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the UK: a public consultation

A copy of this document is available on this site. See also: UK: 30 July 2020 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Consultation: Front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the UK: building on success

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

Mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector Government response to public consultation

A copy of this document is available on this site. See also: UK: 27 July 2020 NUTRITION / LABELLING - Mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector: Government response to public consultation

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

Conmission consultation document: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 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

A copy of this draft Regulation is available on this site. An additional document provides the draft Annex - see: Draft Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/11716-Control-rules-in-organic-production. The consultation closes on 26 August 2020. See also: EU: 29 July 2020 ORGANIC FOOD - Commission consultation: Organic farming - new rules on official checks of organic production

Draft Regulation: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2468 of 20 December 2017 laying down administrative and scientific requirements concerning traditional foods from third countries in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council on novel foods

A copy of this draft Regulation is available on this site (click on image). An additional document provides the draft Annex - see: Draft Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12142-Amending-the-administrative-and-scientific-requirements-for-traditional-foods-in-view-of-the-Transparency-Regulation-. The consultation closes on 20 August 2020. See also: EU: 23 July 2020 NOVEL FOODS / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – traditional foods from outside the EU (clearer information)

Draft Regulation: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2469 of 20 December 2017 laying down administrative and scientific requirements for applications referred to in Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council on novel foods

A copy of this draft Regulation is available on this site (click on image). An additional document provides the draft Annex - see: Draft Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12143-Amending-administrative-scientific-requirements-for-applications-for-novel-foods-in-view-of-Transparency-Regulation. The consultation closes on 20 August 2020. See also: EU: 23 July 2020 NOVEL FOODS / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – novel foods (clearer information)

Draft Regulation: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 234/2011 of 10 March 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1331/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common authorisation procedure for food additives, food enzymes and food flavourings

A copy of this draft Regulation is available on this site (click on image). An additional document provides the draft Annex - see: Draft Annex. For more details, see the consultation page at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12144-Amending-the-rules-for-applications-for-food-additives-enzymes-flavourings-in-view-of-the-Transparency-Regulation-. The consultation closes on 20 August 2020. See also: EU: 23 July 2020 ADDITIVES / RISK ASSESSMENT - Commission consultation draft amending regulation: Food safety – food additives, enzymes & flavourings (clearer information)

Draft Regulation: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1375 as regards the reference method for detection and import conditions related to Trichinella control

A copy of the draft is availalble on this site. Feedback period: 17 July 2020 - 14 August 2020. To access the feedback form, see the main consultation page: Revision of Trichinella detection method and import requirements. See also: EU: 17 July 2020 HYGIENE - Commission consultation: Revision of Trichinella detection method and import requirements

UK Internal Market White Paper

A copy of this document is available on this site. See also: UK: 16 July 2020 BREXIT - UK internal market white paper

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

FSA Draft for consultation: Supply of Wild Game for Human Consumption

A copy of this document is available on this site. Also available is a separate Consultation Document. Note that the consultation closes on 11 September 2020. See also: UK: 15 July 2020 HYGIENE - Consultation on the guidance for hunters and retailers on the safe handling, preparation and supply of wild game and wild game meat

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

The Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020: consultation document

A copy of this consultation document is available on this site (click on image). A separate document contains the draft regulation. It is also available on this site: Draft: The Nutrition (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020. See also: UK: 9 July 2020 LABELLING / CLAIMS /NUTRITION - DHSC Consultation: Nutrition labelling, composition and standards (NLCS) legislation from 1 January 2021

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

Draft for consultation: COMMISSION REGULATION amending the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs as regards food allergen management, redistribution of food and food safety culture

A copy of the draft Regulation is available on this site. The draft Annexes are provided in a separate document. See: Draft Hygiene Amendments - Annex. See also: EU: 9 July 2020 FOOD HYGIENE / ALLERGENS - Commission consultation: Food safety, allergies & food waste – new EU rules

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Declaration for the Twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference

A copy of this draft declaration is available on the site. See also: INT: 26 June 2020 WTO SPS COMMITTEE - Members discuss possible SPS Declaration for WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference

Food allergen labelling and information requirements Technical Guidance

A copy of this guidance document is available on this site. See also: UK: 18 June 2020 LABELLING / ALLERGENS - FSA publishes updated allergen guidance to reflect changes to labelling laws

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

Risk Analysis: Chief Scientific Adviser's Report

A copy of this publication is available on this site. See also: UK: 17 June 2020 RISK ANALYSIS - FSA outlines role of science in protecting consumers’ interests post-EU transition

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

Commission Notice providing guidance on food safety management systems for food retail activities, including food donations

This Notice has been published in the Offical Journal (OJ C199, 12.6.2020, page 1) and can be accessed from the Official Journal site (click on image). Note that the Notice is 57 pages long. See also: EU: 12 June 2020 HYGIENE - Commission Notice providing guidance on food safety management systems for food retail activities, including food donations

WHO Europe Report: What is the current alcohol labelling practice in the WHO European Region and what are barriers and facilitators to development and implementation of alcohol labelling policy?

The report is available on the WHO website. See also: INT: 8 June 2020 LABELLING – EHO Europe report: Alcohol labelling policies: most countries lagging behind in promoting healthier choices

For older documents, see: Documents


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