The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 re-enact, in identical terms, the Bread and Flour Regulations 1995 and the Bread and Flour (Amendment) Regulations 1996. The move was necessary due to a retrospective European Court of Justice ruling that all national legislation (including consolidation or re-enactment of existing provisions) are covered by the notification requirements of the Technical Standards Directive 83/189/EEC.
The 1998 regulations which will come into force on 19 February 1998, were notified under Directive 83/189/EEC in June 1997.
The legislation governs the composition, texture and nutritional content of bread and flour. It also contains labelling provisions for 'wholemeal' or 'wheatgerm' bread. The UK regulations complement wider European rules governing the labelling and composition of all foods produced in the EC.