Additives: Regulation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th January 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Food Standards Agency on (a) the regulation of colouring and other food additives and (b) the role of the European Food Safety Authority in that regulation in the event that the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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.

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