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Food: Labelling

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what food labelling (a) regulations and (b) initiatives initiated by his Department since October 2008 have (i) not been delivered in line with the original schedule, (ii) been amended and (iii) been terminated. (324523)

The Food Standards Agency is responsible for food labelling policy. The regulatory changes listed, with the exception of fish labelling, emanated from changes in European Union law.

The following amendment regulations were not delivered in line with the original


The Fish Labelling (England) Regulations 2010. There was a commitment during public consultation that these would come into force in December 2009. These are now coming into force on 6 April. These were delayed because of technical issues that arose during the preparation of the statutory instrument.

The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007, amended in September 2008. The comings into force of labelling controls in this were delayed as a result of an industry-sponsored judicial review.

The following labelling regulations were amended:

The Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (England) Regulations 2009, which was amended by Commission Regulation 415/2009/EC.

The following labelling initiatives have been amended:

The Food Standards Agency UK best practice guidance on Country of Origin Labelling, first published in 2002 was amended in October 2008;

No regulatory or other public labelling initiatives have been terminated since October 2008.