Food Law News - UK - 1996
1 July 1996: LABELLING - New Food Labelling Regulations 1996
1 July 1996
New Food Labelling Regulations 1996
New Food Labelling Regulations (SI 1996 No 1499) have been issued and came into effect on the 1 July 1996. They consolidate and replace:
- the Food Labelling Regulations 1984
- the Food Labelling (Scotland) Regulations 1984
- the Milk Labelling (Scotland) Regulations 1983.
The main purpose of the Regulations is to implement Council Directive 79/112/EEC but they also incorporate the requirements of :
- Commission Directive 87/250/EEC on the indication of alcoholic strength by volume in the labelling of alcoholic beverages for sale to the ultimate consumer,
- Council Directive 89/398/EEC relating to foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses,
- Council Directive 90/496/EEC on nutrition labelling for foodstuffs, and
- Commission Directive 94/54/EC concerning the compulsory indication on the labeling of certain foodstuffs of particulars other that those provided for in Council Directive 79/112/EEC
Since the new Regulations also contain reserved descriptions for some cheeses and creams which had been contained in the Cheese and Cream Regulations 1995, the latter are repealed from the 1 July 1996.
The Ministry has also issued some additional information as "Food Labelling Regulations 1996: Guidance Notes".
More information is available on the UK Food
Labelling Regulations page
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