Food Law News - UK - 1997
1 August 1997: LABELLING - Quantitative Declaration of Ingredients (QUID): Guidance Notes
MAFF Letter, 1 August 1997
Quantitative Declaration of Ingredients (QUID): Guidance Notes
Following initial consultation in February, the Ministry has now issued draft guidance notes for comment by the 31 October 1997.
In issuing the draft, the Ministry mentions the following points for particular attention:
- a limit of 2% has been proposed for the purpose of the exemption provided for ingredients used in “small quantities” for the purposes of flavouring. This figure is already used in the labelling directive to exempt mixtures of herbs and spices from separate identification of their constituents;
- some practical examples have been given of ingredients for which variations in quantity are not “such as to govern the choice of the consumer”. These reflect the intentions of the EC negotiations, the lessons learned from the MAFF consumer survey and other representations made to MAFF; and
- some derogations from giving QUID declarations on what is put into the “mixing bowl” are proposed but are subject to EC agreement.
The draft guidance notes are being sent to the European Commission with a request for consideration of the last points above, and with the aim of reducing the scope for inconsistent interpretation of the rules across the EC and removing potential confusion among consumers.
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