This report covers developments in food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues for the period from October to December 2017. Cross cutting issues are mentioned firstly followed by technical updates in alphabetical order by subject. For further information and references to original sources please see the relevant section of the main report.
The main issues which cut across multiple areas are concerned with UK exiting the EU, a proposal endorsed by the FSA for a formal review of the UK official control laboratory system in its entirety, and new information from Codex and FAO.
This report covers a wide range of updates in technical areas. Developments in control of acrylamide content, undesirable substances in animal feed, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, food additives are covered. In the food hygiene area, developments about the suitability of raw eggs in food for susceptible groups are discussed.
Other topics where legislation has been updated or reviewed are for marine biotoxins, control of mercury, organic food, products of animal origin, psychoactive substances and radioactivity.
A number of updates to The Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations which were updated in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland are covered in this review as well as increased allowances for the enrichment of wine being granted to specific areas due to exceptional weather circumstances.
The report is extensive and covers in detail all the topics mentioned and more.