Food and Drink: Safety Requirements
These regulations relate to the safety of manufactured, sold and imported food and drink. For instance, they aim to ensure that food is not contaminated with harmful microorganisms or chemicals and that people with allergies or food intolerances are protected. They affect all food businesses, including caterers, hotels, primary producers (such as farmers), manufacturers and, retailers. They also cover the licensing, inspection and reporting regimes which govern the meat production and processing industries.
You can find all the regulations that relate to food and drink safety requirements below to the left.
|The Food Additives (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Establishes purity criteria for certain food additives.
|The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011
Prohibits the manufacture, sale and import of plastic feeding bottles for infants that are manufactured using Bisphenol A.
|The Flavourings in Food (England) Regulations 2010
Provides for safe use of flavourings in food and labelling for consumer information.
|The Food Irradiation (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
Amends the list of facilities where food irradiation can take place.
|The Foodstuffs Suitable for People Intolerant to Gluten (England) Regulations 2010
Puts in place compositional criteria related to the claims ‘gluten-free’ and ‘very low gluten’ for foods specifically manufactured for people who are intolerant to gluten.
|The Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2010
Puts in place safety requirements for active and intelligent food packaging systems.
|The Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2010
Establishes a list of substanceds permitted in foods for particular nutritional uses.
|The Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2009
Sets out arrangements for the monitoring and enforcement of feed and food law requirements, including import controls to food anf feed not of animal origin posing a known or emerging risk to human health.
|The Food Additives (England) Regulations 2009
Provides for the safe use of permitted additives, including colours and sweeteners in food.
|The Food Enzymes Regulations 2009
Provides for the safe use of food enzymes.
|The Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (Addition of Substances for Specific Nutritional Purposes) (England) Regulations 2009
Establishes a list of substances permitted in foods for particular nutritional uses.
|The Food Irradiation (England) Regulations 2009
Restricts the use of ionising radiation on food and control the facilities where this can take place.
|The Meat (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2009
Sets out the requirement for fees to be collected in respect of the costs of official controls in meat plants.
|The Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2009
Introduces a positive list of additives approved for use in the manufacture of plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods and makes amendments to the lists of approved monomers and additives.
|The Specified Products from China (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (England) Regulations 2008
Prohibits unauthorised genetically modified organism “Bt 63″ in rice products
|The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007
Prohibits the marketing of infant formula or follow-on formula unless certain conditions are met.
|The Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (England) Regulations 2007
Sets out the requirement for fees to be collected in respect of the costs of official controls relating to fishery products.
|The Nutrition and Health Claims (England) Regulations 2007
Regulates what health and nutrition claims are based on to help provide clarity for consumers.
|The Addition of Vitamins, Minerals and Other Substances (England) Regulations 2007
Lays down the composition and labelling requirements for this category of foodstuff.
|The Quick-frozen Foodstuffs (England) Regulations 2007|
|The Notification of Marketing of Food for Particular Nutritional Uses (England) Regulations 2007
Restricts the sale of foods for particular nutritional uses (PNU foods).
|The Ceramic Articles in Contact with Food (England) Regulations 2006
Sets limits on the amount of lead and cadmium that may be transferred from ceramic articles into food.
|The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006
Sets out the requirements for food businesses to achieve the hygienic production of food and provide for the enforcement of this.
|The Tryptophan in Food (England) Regulations 2005
Prohibits the addition of tryptophan to food and the sale of food containing tryptophan up to 220mg per daily dose.
|The Smoke Flavourings (England) Regulations 2005
These regulations set out rules around smoke flavourings used or intended for use in or on foods
|The Food with Added Phytosterols or Phytostanols (Labelling) (England) Regulations 2004
Together with EU legislation these regulations require the labelling of foods with added Phytosterols or Phytostanols.
|The General Food Regulations 2004
Prohibits the placing of unsafe food on the market and misleading consumers through the labelling, advertising or presentation of food and provide for the enforcement of this
|The Genetically Modified Food (England) Regulations 2004
Sets out application requirements for the authorisation of new genetically modified organisms for use in food.
|The Processed Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for Infants and Young Children (England) Regulations 2003
Prohibits the sale of Cereal-based Foods and Baby Foods for infants and young children unless they comply with compositional and labelling requirements.
|The Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003
Regulates the sale of food supplements, with specific requirements regarding labelling, safety and composition concerning the vitamins and minerals which may be used in food supplements.
|The Kava-kava in Food (England) Regulations 2002
Prohibits the sale, possession for sale, offer, exposure or advertisement for sale, and the importation into England from outside the United Kingdom, of any food consisting of, or containing Kava-kava.
|The Medical Food (England) Regulations 2000
Prohibits the sale of certain dietary foods for special medical purposes unless they comply with rules as to formulation, composition, instructions for use, naming and labelling.
|The Foods Intended for Use in Energy Restricted Diets for Weight Reduction Regulations 1997
Provides specific labelling controls on foods which are meal replacements or total diet replacements for this category of foodstuff.
|The Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients (Fees) Regulations 1997
Establishes a scale of fees to be paid for processing requests to assess novel foods and novel food ingredients.
|The Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations 1997
Sets out detailed rules for the authorisation of novel foods, ingredients and processes.
|The Extraction Solvents in Food Regulations 1993
Defines permitted extraction solvents used for food production and conditions for their use.
|The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) (England) Order 1991
Prevents food which is derived from sheep which have been or may have been rendered unsuitable for human consumption because of increased levels of radioactivity.
|The Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990
Specifies the qualifications necessary to be a public analyst, food analyst or food examiner
|The Ungraded Eggs (Hygiene) Regulations 1990
Prohibits the retail sale of cracked eggs by producers on their own farms, in local public markets or by door to door selling.
|The Authorised Officers (Meat Inspection) Regulations 1987
Specifies the qualifications to be held by an officer to act in relation to the examination and seizure of meat.
|The Chloroform in Food Regulations 1980
Prevents the sale or importation of any food which has any added chloroform.
|The Erucic Acid in Food Regulations 1977
These Regulations set the maximum level of erucic acid in oils and fats for human consumption.
|The Mineral Hydrocarbons in Food Regulations 1966
Prohibits the use, subject to certain exemptions, of mineral hydrocarbons in the composition, sale or importation of food.
|The Arsenic in Food Regulations, 1959
Sets the maximum amount of arsenic to be present in food.
Tell us what you think should happen to these regulations and why, being specific where possible:
- Should we scrap them altogether?
- Could their purpose be achieved in a non-regulatory way (eg through a voluntary code?) How?
- Could they be reformed, simplified or merged? How?
- Can we reduce their bureaucracy through better implementation? How?
- Can we make their enforcement less burdensome? How?
- Should they be left as they are?