Our priority is to maintain the United Kingdom’s high standards of food safety. To help deliver this the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is preparing secondary legislation to ensure a functioning body of law is in place following the UK’s exit from the European Union; this includes legislation on colours added to food and other food additives.
The intention is to lay these statutory instruments before Parliament, using powers under the EU Withdrawal Act. This legislation will provide continuity and clarity for UK food businesses, as well as reassurance for consumers that existing levels of public health protection and food safety are being maintained.
Options for the future risk assessment and scientific advice for food and feed safety in the UK are being developed by the FSA. As part of the exit negotiations, we are seeking to continue our close working relationship with the European Food Safety Authority, whilst strengthening our existing risk assessment capacity.