Food Law News - UK - 1997
20 June 1997: ADDITIVES - Miscellaneous food additives amendment regulations issued
MAFF Letter, 20 June 1997
Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) Regulations
The Miscellaneous Food Additives (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/1413) have been issued and come into force on 1 July 1997. The Regulations apply to England, Wales and Scotland.
- implement into national law two new EC Directives, the first of which (96/85) permits the use of a new additive, Processed Eucheuma Seaweed (E407a), following safety clearance by the Scientific Committee for Food. The second, a Commission Directive (96/77), sets out new EC purity criteria (specifications) for some of the categories of additives listed in 95/2 (mainly preservatives and antioxidants);
- amend the 1995 Regulations to authorise a variation to the existing 2 year national authorisation to permit propane, butane and iso-butane to be used in water based emulsion sprays until December 1997. The Committee on Toxicity has cleared these propellants as safe for use in these sprays and the Food Advisory Committee agreed a case of need for this new use in July 1996;
- amend the Fruit Juices and Nectars Regulations 1977 to reflect an EC prohibition on the simultaneous use of added acids and added sugar in fruit juices; and
- make two minor amendments to bring the text of the 1995 Regulations more closely into line with the wording used in Directive 95/2.
For details of consultation letter, see 28 February 1997.
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