1. Implement into national law two new EC Directives. The first of these amends Directive 95/2 to permit, following safety clearance by the Scientific Committee for Food, the use of the new additive processes Eucheuma Seaweed (E407a) [See EU News dated 17 December 1996]. The second, a Commission Directive, sets out new EC purity criteria for some of the categories of additives listed in 95/2 (mainly preservatives and antioxidants).
2. Amend the 1995 Regulations to authorise a variation to the existing 2 year national authorization to permit propane, butane and iso-butane to be used in an additional food category, water based emulsion sprays, until December 1997. These gases are already permitted, for this period only, for used in garlic oil sprays and in vegetable oil pan sprays for professional use only. The Committee on Toxicity has cleared these propellants as safe for use in such sprays and the Food Advisory Committee agreed a case of need for this new use in July 1996.
3. Amend the Juices and Fruit Nectars Regulations 1977 to reflect an EC prohibition on the simultaneous use of added acids and added sugar in fruit juices.
4. Make two minor amendments to bring the text of the 1995 Regulations more closely into line with the wording used in Directive 95/2. The first permits, after the final compliance date of 25 March 1997, the import of any old stocks from other Member States which do not comply with the new harmonised laws or previous UK Regulations, but which were lawfully marketed or labelled in another Member State prior to that date. The second amends the carryover provision covering additives in compound foods to reflect more closely the slightly less restrictive provisions of the Directive.
It is hoped to have the new Regulations effective from 1 July 1997. The consultation period is due to end on 11 April 1997.