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Food: Additives

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach - Shadow Minister (Also Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions), Shadow Minister

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will implement EC Regulation 133/2008 on food additives; and when.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Government Whip, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

EC Regulation 1333/2008 on Food Additives is directly applicable in the United Kingdom; however, statutory instruments (SIs) are required in each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to provide for enforcement and the necessary arrangements for the transition from legislative framework governed by European directives to one governed by directly applicable European regulations.

In England, these are the Food Additives Regulations 2009 (to enforce the EC regulation and to prescribe penalties for non-compliance), and The Food (Jelly Mini-cups) (Emergency Control) Regulations 2009 (required to ensure legal continuity with regard to these products).

These SIs came into force on 20 January 2010 in line with the application date of the EC regulation. Separate but similar SIs also came into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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