Research and analysis

Food and feed law: legislation review (April to June 2017)

First quarterly report providing information and updates on UK food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues.


Food and feed law: Compendium of UK food and feed legislation with associated context and changes during April – June 2017

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This report updates the main text of our legislation review with developments in food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues for the period from April to June 2017.

The two main overarching themes remained exiting the EU and the modernisation of EU food and feed law. Other developments included the resolution of two cases submitted to the European Court, one related to water content in poultry and a second one related to Member States’ power to set up maximum limits in national legislation for vitamins and minerals in food supplements.

The report also covers updates to regulation concerning contaminants (ochratoxin A, aflatoxins, salmonella and sulphites), methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and non-dioxin-like PCBs, amendments to TSE legislation and research findings in the area of honey authenticity by liquid chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

The report also highlights developments on the use of data science in the implementation of the Food Standards Agency’s innovative new Surveillance Strategy and the ‘Regulating our Future’ change programme, and describes changes to the Science Council. Further updates to work carried out by Public Health England on the link between sugar and obesity is also covered.

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Published 23 August 2017