Research and analysis

Food and feed law: legislation review (October - December 2018)

Quarterly report providing information and updates on UK food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues


Compendium of UK food and feed legislation with associated context and changes during October – December 2018

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This is the seventh in a series of quarterly reports produced under the Government Chemist Programme 2017-2020. The reports provide a compendium of UK food and feed law of interest to the Government Chemist, Public Analysts and those working primarily in food and feed standards.

The aim is to provide regular updates, to ensure contextual awareness and assist in the interpretation of chemical measurement data.

The report covers a number of areas and topics, organised in categories. It also includes an executive summary with a description of issues. The following list includes the topics where updates to legislation or guidelines have taken place:

  • Exiting the EU
  • Codex Alimentarius
  • Regulation
  • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Animal welfare
  • Consumer protection law
  • Contaminants
  • Drugs
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Food Additives
  • Food Contact Materials – bisphenol A
  • Food flavourings
  • Food hygiene
  • Food labelling
  • Food supplements
  • Foods for Specific Groups (Medical Foods)
  • Forensic science
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Import controls
  • Low alcohol descriptors guidance
  • Mercury
  • Novel Foods
  • Official Controls
  • Organic food
  • Pesticides residues
  • Protected names and quality schemes
  • Psychoactive Substances
  • Regulating our future, (RoF) FSA change programme
  • Statistics
  • Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies
  • Veterinary residues

The report summary provides references and context for the regulatory updates and information about where to find them in the document.

For more information about this report, advice on the topics described or general enquiries about the Government Chemist role contact:

Government Chemist

Queens Road
TW11 0LY

Published 8 March 2019