Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Scotland Letter, 19 March 2001

COFFEE - Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (Scotland) Regulations 2001

The Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001 No.38) were recently agreed by Ministers and came into force on the 17th March 2001. The purpose of these regulations is to implement in Scotland Directive 1999/4/EC, which prescribes definitions and reserved descriptions for coffee extracts and chicory extracts. Coffee and chicory extracts are subject to EU controls to ensure that consumers are not misled. These controls are regularly updated to ensure that they keep pace with technological development.

Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts in Scotland will now be controlled under the Coffee Extracts and Chicory Extracts (Scotland) Regulations 2001. These revoke and replace the Coffee and Coffee Products (Scotland) Regulations 1979, as amended.

The new Regulations will implement an EC Directive issued last year (Directive 1999/4/EC, published in the Official Journal of the European Communities No. L66, 13.3. 1999, p. 26). Separate but parallel Regulations will be introduced simultaneously in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The current Regulations put forward by the Scottish FSA, aim to simplify the requirements for Coffee extracts and Chicory extracts, and align them with existing legislation on labelling and methods of analysis.

A final copy of the Scottish Regulations, revised after consultation, is available from HMSO Bookshops (SSI 2001 No.38).

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