Food Law News - UK - 2001

FSA Letter, 11 October 2001


The European Community has recently agreed [See EU News pages:
21 August 2001] a Commission Directive that provides a generic definition of meat for labelling purposes. Member States are required to implement the new Directive by 1 January 2003. The FSA is seeking views on the implications of the new definition of meat for the Meat Products and Spreadable Fish Products Regulations 1984 (MPSFPR). Views will assist in the revision of the Regulations, which will be the subject of a formal and fuller consultation.

Food Labelling Regulations 1996

The Commission Directive introduces the new meat definition by amending the Annex covering generic names in the Food Labelling Directive (2000/13/EC). The starting point for national implementation, therefore, will be an amendment to Schedule 3 of the Food Labelling Regulations 1996. This will standardise the labelling of all meat products especially for the purposes of quantitative ingredient declaration (QUID).

Meat Products and Spreadable Fish Products Regulations 1984

Specific labelling or compositional requirements for meat products have been in place for many decades as meat products, especially traditional ones such as sausages, burgers and pies, play a significant part in the UK diet. A large proportion of these products is sold non-prepacked and consumed in catering. There are other aspects of consumer protection in the MPSFPR, apart from the labelling, meat content and added water declaration that have served consumers well for many years. It is important therefore to consider the relevance of these provisions and whether they need to be retained. In particular the FSA would like views on the following questions:

The FSA would be grateful for views on the above questions and any other issues raised by the implementation of the new definition of meat by 9 November 2001.

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