The Food Additives (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012
Monday 19 December 2011
To provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the provisions of the draft Food Additives (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 and the associated EU legislation.
All comments and views should be sent to:
Safety, Policy and Regulation Development Branch
Food Standards Agency in Scotland
6th Floor, St Magnus House
25 Guild Street
Tel: 01224 285154
Fax: 01224 285168
Responses are requested by: 20 February 2012
Who will this consultation be of most interest to?
Manufacturers of food additives, food manufacturers using food additives and enforcement authorities.
What is the subject of this consultation?
National Regulations relating to Scotland to provide for the execution and enforcement of European Commission Regulations which (a) establish an EU list of food additives, (b) establish an EU list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food enzymes, food flavourings and nutrients and (c) set down specifications for the food additives in those lists.
What is the purpose of this consultation?
To provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the provisions of the draft Food Additives (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 and the associated EU legislation. Separate consultations will be carried out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on draft Regulations relating to those parts of the UK.
The Food Additives (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 ('the proposed Regulations') are necessary to amend the Food Additives (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (as previously amended) to provide for the execution and enforcement of three directly applicable EU regulations which will amend Regulation (EC) No. 1333/2008 ('Regulation 1333/2008') on food additives and for the associated transitional arrangements.
Commission Regulation (EU) No 1129/2011 („Regulation 1129/2011‟) will amend Annex II to Regulation 1333/2008 establishing an EU list of food additives. Commission Regulation (EU) No 1130/2011 („Regulation 1130/2011‟) will amend Annex III to Regulation 1333/2008 establishing an EU list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food enzymes, food flavourings and nutrients. A third, as yet unpublished EU Regulation will set down specifications for food additives in the EU lists at Annex II and Annex III to Regulation 1333/2008 established by Regulations 1129/2011 and 1130/2011.
The purpose of this consultation is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on the provisions of the proposed Regulations and the associated EU legislation. Separate consultations will be carried out in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on draft national Regulations relating to those parts of the UK.
National Regulations relating to Scotland which will:
- Provide for the execution and enforcement in Scotland of three directly applicable EU Regulations which will:
- Amend Annex II to Regulation 1333/2008 establishing an EU list of food additives
- Amend Annex III to Regulation 1333/2008 establishing an EU list of food additives approved for use in food additives, food enzymes, food flavourings and nutrients.
- Set down specifications for food additives in the EU lists at Annex II and Annex III to Regulation 1333/2008 established by the first two EU Regulations.
The FSA consulted UK industry during extensive EU negotiations on all three EU Regulations. The European Commission also consulted widely. UK industry's comments were noted and any concerns raised and largely resolved by the UK delegation during the EU negotiations. The provisions of Annex II, parts of Annex III and the new regulation on specifications are a largely a consolidation of existing legislation with which industry is familiar. The new restrictions on lycopene and additives in additives, enzymes and nutrients have been the subject of extensive discussions with industry and account has been taken as far as possible of industry's requirements. Lengthy transitional arrangements have been negotiated and as far as we are aware the incremental impact that would arise from these EU regulations would be negligible.
As it is anticipated that only negligible incremental impact on UK industry will arise from the proposed national regulations, the FSA has not prepared a Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) on this occasion (see also Paragraph 10 of Annex A to this consultation document). However, should this consultation bring to light any impact that has not been anticipated, the FSA will reconsider the need for a BRIA. A suggested structure for the information sought is shown in Annex G – separate versions for industry and enforcement authorities, but where possible we will take account of any information submitted.
Questions asked in this consultation:
- Do you agree with the key proposals detailed above?
- Do you think that the proposed regulations, if enacted as drafted, would achieve the aims set out in the key proposals?
Responses are required by close 20 February 2012. Please state, in your response, whether you are responding as a private individual or on behalf of an organisation/company (including details of any stakeholders your organisation represents).
This consultation has been prepared in accordance with the HM Government Code of Practice on Consultation, which states that a consultation must follow better regulation best practice, including carrying out an Impact Assessment (Regulatory Impact Assessment in Scotland). The assessment is included in the consultation documents.
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