FSA News Item, 2 February 2004
Two new regulations covering infant formulae and cereal-based baby foods are now available and are due to come into force on 6 March 2005.
The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 prohibits the sale, or export to third countries, of infant formulae or follow-on formulae containing pesticide residues above certain levels. Different levels are set depending on the pesticide in question.
In altering the provisions of previous directives the regulations make provision as to analytical methods for determining levels of pesticide residues. They also give port health authorities a role in enforcement.
The Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (England) Regulations 2004 prohibit the sale of processed cereal-based foods and baby foods for infants and young children unless they comply with the manufacturing and compositional requirements and the labelling requirements.
They also prohibit the sale of baby foods if those foods contain pesticide residues above certain levels. Different levels are set depending on the pesticide in question.