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Food Laws in the UK

Article index
 INTRODUCTION 1-2
 Part 1 FOOD SAFETY & FOOD SAFETY ACT 1990
 Part 2 THE LABELLING AND MARKING OF FOOD
 Part 3 REGULATIONS ON THE COMPOSITION & LABELLING OF PARTICULAR FOODS
 Part 4 REGULATIONS DEALING WITH THE CHEMICAL SAFETY OF FOOD
 Part 5 EGGS & POULTRY
 Part 6 OTHER LEGISLATION
 Part 7 OTHER PRIMARY LEGISLATION PROVIDING REGULATIONS AFFECTING FOOD
 Part 8 FOOD CONTROL
 Part 9 FOOD PROTECTION IN AN EMERGENCY
 Part 10 NOVEL FOODS/GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
 Part 11 HEALTH AND HYGIENE LEGISLATION
 Part 12 MARKETING STANDARDS - DESCRIPTIONS & DESIGNATIONS
 Part 13 WEIGHTS & MEASURES LEGISLATION 103-104
A portal to the laws which are valid in the United Kingdom can be accessed via the homepage of the University of Reading: www.foodlaw.rdg.ac.uk. All laws such as 1995 No.2200 The Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations are linked and can be downloaded. There are also links to valid European laws.
In the UK the Food Standards Agency is responsible for monitoring compliance with legislation.

INTRODUCTION 1-2

Part 1 FOOD SAFETY & FOOD SAFETY ACT 1990


A General 2

B Key Provisions 2-3

C Statutory Instruments Implementing the Food Safety Act 1990 4-5

D Codes of Practice 5-6

E General Product Safety Regulations 1994 7

Part 2 THE LABELLING AND MARKING OF FOOD


A Food Labelling 8-9

B Declaration on Additives 10

C Lot Marking 10-11

D Wine Regulations 11

Part 3 REGULATIONS ON THE COMPOSITION & LABELLING OF PARTICULAR FOODS


A Bread and Flour 12

B Caseins and Caseinates 12-13

C Cocoa and Chocolate Products 13

D Coffee and Coffee Products 13-14

E Condensed and Dried Milk 14-15

F Drinking Milk 15

G Erucic Acid in Food 15-16

H Labelling of Fish and Fish Products 16

I Flour - See Bread

J Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars 17

K Honey 18

L Infant Formula & Follow-on Formula 18-19

M Jam and Similar Products 19-20

N Meat Products and Spreadable Fish Products 20-21

O Milk and Milk Products 21

P Natural Mineral Waters 22-24

Q Quick Frozen Foods 24

R Slimming Foods 25

S Spreadable Fats 25

T Sugar 26

U Weaning Foods 26-27

V Medical Foods 27

W Food Supplements 27-28

X Notification Foods 28

Y Addition of Substances to PARNUTS 29

Z Revocations 29-30

Part 4 REGULATIONS DEALING WITH THE CHEMICAL SAFETY OF FOOD


A Food Additives Labelling 31

B Aflatoxins 31-33

C Kava-kava 33-34

D Arsenic 34-35

E Chemical Contaminants 35-37

F Chloroform 37

G Colours 37-38

H Extraction Solvents 38

I Flavourings 38-39

J Food Contact Materials and Articles 39-41

K Mineral Hydrocarbons 41 42

L Miscellaneous Additives 42-44

M Pesticides 44-47

N Sweeteners 47-49

O Tin 49

P Tryptophan 49

Q Veterinary Medicines 49-50

Part 5 EGGS & POULTRY


A Egg Products 50

B Un-graded Eggs 50

C Eggs (Marketing Standards) 51

D Poultry Meat (Marketing Standards) 51

Part 6 OTHER LEGISLATION


A Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 52

B Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) 52-59

C Animal Feeding stuffs 59-67

D Third Country Imports 68-71

E Salmonella and other Pathogens in Poultry 71-72

Part 7 OTHER PRIMARY LEGISLATION PROVIDING REGULATIONS AFFECTING FOOD


A European Communities Act 1972 72-75

B Agriculture & Horticulture Act 1964 (Chapter 28 Part III) 75

Part 8 FOOD CONTROL


A Official Control of Foodstuffs 75-76

B Additional Food Control Measures 76

C Food Control of Irradiation 76-77

Part 9 FOOD PROTECTION IN AN EMERGENCY


A The Food & Environment Protection Act 1985 77-81

B Radioactive Contamination of Foodstuffs & Feeding stuffs 81

C Radioactivity in Foodstuffs & Feeding stuffs Originating from Third Countries 81-82

Part 10 NOVEL FOODS/GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS


A Novel Foods 82-83

B Genetically Modified Organisms 83-84

Part 11 HEALTH AND HYGIENE LEGISLATION


A Fishery Products and Live Bivalve Molluscs 84-85

B Food Hygiene (General) 85-86

C Ice-Cream (Heat treatment) 86

D Meat Hygiene 86-94

E Milk & Milk Products 94-96

Part 12 MARKETING STANDARDS - DESCRIPTIONS & DESIGNATIONS


A Eggs - Marketing Standards - see section 5C

B Fresh Fruit & Vegetables - Marketing Standards - see section 7B

C Olive Oil 96-97

D Organic Food 97-99

E Preserved Fish Products 99-100

F Protection of Food Names 100

G Spirit Drinks 100-101

H Other Legislation - Trade Descriptions Act, Consumer Protection Act and the Prices Act 101-102

Part 13 WEIGHTS & MEASURES LEGISLATION 103-104


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