Statement made by
Following the end of the Transition Period, the Government continues to regard food and feed safety and standards a top priority. This Statutory Instrument corrects and addresses deficiencies both in the retained EU law as well as the domestic legislation that provided for its execution and enforcement in England.
The Food and Feed Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2021 will be made under powers in the Food Safety Act 1990 and the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
The purpose of this instrument is to:
- amend Article 53 of the retained General Food Law to correct a deficiency that has arisen as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The amendment will ensure that the emergency measures that may be applied where a serious risk to health is identified can be applied to all goods entering into GB;
- amend the authorisation provisions for feed additives and GM food/feed, so that the decisions made by Ministers will be enacted through legislation making these consistent with other retained EU food and feed law; and
- provide a time limited period of adjustment, up until 30 September 2022, for businesses to meet new UK address labelling requirements for certain food products. This would allow businesses to use up old labelling stocks, without facing enforcement action for failure to label affected products with a UK address during this time.
As required under the ‘enhanced scrutiny procedure’ set out in schedule 8 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the draft instrument and Explanatory Memorandum have been published online for a period of at least 28 days before the instrument is formally laid in Parliament. To read the full draft Statutory Instrument and Explanatory Memorandum, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulations-on-food-and-feed-safety
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords