Food Law News - UK - 1998
April 1998: LABELLING - Spreadable Fats - New Regulations
MAFF/DoH Bulletin, April 1998
Spreadable Fats - New Regulations
The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards)(Amendment) Regulations 1998 came into force on 20 March 1998. They amend the Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) Regulations 1995 by extending penalty and enforcement provisions to cover three recent Commission Regulations on spreadable fats.
The Commission Regulations:
- list specific foods which are exempted from the requirements for using the designation 'butter' on the basis that the nature of the product is clear from traditional usage. In the UK, these are "rum butter", "brandy butter", "sherry butter" and "buttercream";
- restrict the use of the term "butter" for composite products (foods made with butter plus other ingredients) to those products with at least 75 per cent milkfat; and
- set out rules for the declaration of fat content.
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