Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Scotland Letter, 19 July 2001

ADDITIVES - The Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2001

The Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (SSI 2001 No.212) were recently agreed by Ministers and came into force on the 30th June 2001. The purpose of these regulations is to implement in Scotland part of Commission Directive 2000/51/EC amending the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995. Food Additives are subject to EU controls to ensure consumer safety and to ensure that consumers are not misled. These controls are regularly updated to ensure that they keep pace with technological development.

Food Sweeteners will now be controlled under the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2001. The new Regulations will implement the EC Directive, which was issued last year (Directive 2000/51/EC, published in the Official Journal of the European Communities No. L198, 4/8/2000, page 41). Separate but parallel Regulations will be introduced simultaneously in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Regulations aim to lay down new specific purity criteria (specifications) for Maltitol syrup (E965).

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