Food Law News - UK - 2002

FSA Consultation, 8 February 2002

LABELLING - Draft Food Labelling (England) Regulations 2002 Consultation

Draft Food Labelling (England) Regulations 2002:

Background The Food Labelling Regulations 1996 have been amended by 12 separate statutory instruments in England since they came into force on 1 July 1996. The time is now right to consolidate them into a single text, and draft Regulations - the Food Labelling (England) Regulations 2002 - are being published today for consultation. They can be downloaded direct from the Agency's website at:

The FSA requests comments by no later than Friday 3rd May 2002.

Scope of the exercise

The FSA are taking this opportunity to implement new European provisions aimed at harmonising the way meat ingredients of products are listed and quantified on food labels. They are also proposing to extend ingredient listing requirements to flour that has been fortified with certain vitamins and minerals in accordance with the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998. They are not, at this stage, conducting a more general review of the scope and provisions of the food labelling regulations. They are planning to do this as a separate exercise when resources permit, and will provide details of this separately later.

Specific issues on which comments are requested

The FSA would be particularly interested in having views on the following issues raised by the draft Food Labelling (England) Regulations 2002, which the FSA are proposing should come into force on 1st September 2002, subject to certain transitional arrangements.

Other issues

Paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Regulations contains an extensive list of names that are to be used for certain species of fish. The FSA plans to remove this list to a separate statutory instrument on the labelling of fish and certain fish products, and will be consulting on proposals aimed at achieving this shortly.

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