Food Law News - UK - 2007

FSA Letter, 20 June 2007

PARNUTS - Foods for particular nutritional uses: update on various legislative developments

Implementation of European Commission Directives to amend 2004/6/EC and 96/8/EC on foods for particular nutritional uses (parnuts foods)

The Commission published in the Official Journal the Directives 2007/26/EC and 2007/29/EC following adoption by Member States at the 19 March SCoFCAH meeting. The Agency will issue a 4 week consultation in July on the draft UK Regulations to implement these Directives into UK legislation.

Implementation of Commission Directive 2006/141/EC via new UK Regulations on infant formula and follow-on formula

The Agency intends to formally consult on the new draft Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations later this month. The new Regulations will revoke and replace, in England , the existing Infant Formula and Follow on Formula Regulations 1995.

FSA Offices in the devolved administrations intend to take forward consultations on parallel Regulations which will implement the Directive in Scotland , Wales and Northern Ireland .

Claims on parnuts foods and the new Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations

Regulation1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on nutrition and health claims made on foods was re-published in its corrected form on 18 January 2007 (OJ No. L12, 18.1.2007, p.3) and will apply from 1 July 2007. This is the first piece of specific legislation to deal with nutrition and health claims and aims to provide a higher level of consumer protection as well as harmonise legislation across the EU to facilitate intra-Community trade. A copy of this Regulation can be found at the following website address:

This Regulation applies to parnuts foods without prejudice to the specific claims provisions that are laid down in parnuts legislation. All parnuts foods must continue to comply with the specific claims provisions of applicable parnuts legislation. In addition, where there is a claim on a parnuts food that is not covered by the parnuts legislation, the provisions of the new Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation will apply.


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