FSA Consultation letter, 2 September 2004
Draft regulations implementing European Parliament and Council Directive 2003/115/EC amending directive 94/35/EC on sweeteners for use in foodstuffs, and Commission Directive 2004/46/EC amending Directive 95/31/EC. Responses are requested by: 25 November 2004
The draft Regulations will amend the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995 to implement European Parliament and Council Directive 2003/115/EC and Commission Directive 2004/46/EC in England. European Parliament and Council Directive 94/35/EC sets out a list of authorised sweeteners, the foodstuffs in which they may be used and their conditions of use. Commission Directive 2004/46/EC lays down specific purity criteria for two new sweeteners, sucralose (E955) and salt of aspartame-acesulfame (E962).
Directive 2003/115/EC of 22 December 2003, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities (L24) on 29 January 2004, amends Directive 94/35/EC for the second time. The key changes are as follows:
Directive 95/31/EC of 16 April 2004, which was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities (L114) on 21 April 2004, amends Directive 95/31/EC for the fourth time. Directive 2004/46/EC lays down specific purity criteria for sucralose and salt of aspartame-acesulfame.
The proposed regulations
The Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995 have been amended six times (in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2003) to implement amendments to Directives 94/35/EC and 95/31/EC respectively. The draft Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2004 will implement the provisions of these Directives in England.
Member States are required to implement the provisions of Directive 2003/115/EC into national legislation by 29 January 2005 and to prohibit products that do not comply with the Directive by 29 January 2006. The provisions of Directive 2004/46/EC are required to be implemented by 1 April 2005.
Colleagues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are drawing up their own
regulations to implement the new Directives and are carrying out similar consultation