Consultation on the national provisions in the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 regarding reserved descriptions for alcohol, cheese and cream

Closed 20 Nov 2018

Opened 23 Oct 2018

Overview

A sunset clause in the Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (as amended) provides for the continued use of the low alcohol descriptors and compositional requirements for cheese and cream as contained in regulations 42 and 43 and Schedule 8 of the Food Labelling Regulations (FLR) 1996 (as amended). The sunset clause is due to expire on 13 December 2018.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is consulting on how best to continue with these national provisions so that consumers can make informed choices when purchasing such products.

 

 

 

 

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of the consultation is to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to comment on whether or not the various definitions and compositional requirements should be set out in new National Regulations or would industry and consumers be content for these to be defined in best practice guidance. 

FSS would like to assess the current understanding and possible continued use of the descriptive terms ‘low alcohol’, ‘non-alcoholic’, ‘alcohol-free’ and ‘dealcoholised’. FSS would also like to assess the level of understanding of the compositional requirements currently in place regarding the maximum water and milk fat content of various cheeses and the milk fat content of various types of cream. 

What Happens Next

Consultation responses will be analysed and feedback will be provided following the consultation in due course. 

 

No decisions have been taken but in the meantime we recommend that businesses use the terms contained in regulations 42 and 43 and Schedule 8 of the Food Labelling Regulations (FLR) 1996 (as amended).

Audiences

  • Consumer
  • Food Manafacturer
  • Food Producer
  • Retailer
  • Enforcer
  • Academic
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Commerical Food Testing Laboratory
  • Consumer
  • Consumer
  • Food Industry
  • Local Authority
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Scientist
  • Consumer
  • Government Department
  • Scientific Advisory Commitee
  • Research Council
  • Scientist
  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • University
  • Local Authority
  • Consumer
  • Government department
  • Local authority
  • Primary producer
  • Scottish Government
  • Public Health Division
  • FSA
  • COSLA
  • DEFRA

Interests

  • Microbiological safety of food
  • chemical safety of food
  • food authenticity
  • adulteration of food
  • food analysis
  • scientific advice
  • nutrition
  • food safety
  • allergens
  • regulation
  • food
  • enforcement
  • food law
  • primary production
  • food fraud
  • health
  • food safety
  • food authenticity