Food Law News - UK - 1997

17 January 1997: ADDITIVES - Draft Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) Regulations 1997

MAFF Letter, 17 January 1997

Draft Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) Regulations 1997

Following the adoption of an amendment to the EC Directive 94/35 on sweeteners for use in foodstuffs, MAFF have issued a proposal for an amending Regulation which would implement the requirements of the amending Directive. It was adopted by the Council on 9/10 December but has not yet been published in the OJ. However MAFF wishes to amend the UK Regulations as rapidly as possible and is therefore pressing ahead with formal consultation.

The Regulations take into account recent technical developments in the sweeteners market by extending the use of sweeteners already permitted to certain additional categories of food. Certain technical provisions are also added to bring the controls more into line with the controls on colours and miscellaneous additives. They also have replaced the food category vitamins and dietary preparations by the title: Food supplement/diet integrators based on vitamins and/or mineral elements, syrup-type or chewable which, state MAFF will reflect more closely the needs of the market.

The Guidance Notes produced by MAFF will also be revised to take account of the changes and a draft will be circulated.

MAFF have requested comments on the draft regulations by 28 February 1997.

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