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2008 No. 138 (W.20)

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FOOD, WALES

The Miscellaneous Food Additives and the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2008

Made

22 January 2008

Laid before the National Assembly for Wales

24 January 2008

Coming into force

15 February 2008

The Welsh Ministers make the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 16(1)(a), 17(1), 26(1) and (3) and 48(1) of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to, the Food Safety Act 1990(1).

In accordance with section 48(4A) of that Act, the Welsh Minister have had regard to relevant advice given by the Food Standards Agency.

As required by Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety(2) there has been open and transparent public consultation during the preparation and evaluation of these Regulations.

Title, commencement and application

1.   The title of these Regulations is the Miscellaneous Food Additives and the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2008, they come into force on 15 February 2008 and apply in relation to Wales.

Amendments to the Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations 1995

2.   The Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations 1995(3) ("the Additives Regulations") are amended in accordance with regulations 3 to 13 below.

3.   In paragraph (1) of regulation 2 (interpretation)--

(a) In the definition of "carrier" and "carrier solvent", after "miscellaneous additive," insert "flavouring," ;

(b) in the definition of "Directive 95/2/EC" for the expression "and European Parliament and Council Directive 2003/114/EC" substitute ", European Parliament and Council Directive 2003/114/EC(4) and European Parliament and Council Directive 2006/52/EC(5);";

(c) in the definition of "Directive 96/77/EC", for the expression "and Commission Directive 2004/45/EC" substitute, "Commission Directive 2004/45/EC and Commission Directive 2006/129/EC(6);"; and

(d) after the definition of "food additive" insert the following definition--

" "food supplement" means a foodstuff the purpose of which is to supplement the normal diet and which is a concentrated source of vitamins or minerals or other substances with a nutritional or physiological effect, alone or in combination, marketed in dose form such as capsules, pastilles, tablets, pills and other similar forms, sachets of powder, ampoules of liquids, drop-dispensing bottles, and other similar forms of liquids and powders designed to be taken in measured small unit quantities; " .

4.   In regulation 11 (transitional provision and exemptions), after paragraph (1F), insert the following paragraph--

" (1G) In any proceedings for an offence under these Regulations in respect of any food additive or food, it shall be a defence to prove that--

(a) the food additive or food concerned was put on the market or labelled before 15th August 2008; and

(b) the matter constituting the offence would not have constituted an offence under these Regulations if the amendments made by regulation 5(a), 6(a), 6(b) and (d) or 8 of the Miscellaneous Food Additives and the Sweeteners in Food (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2008 had not been made when the food additive or food was placed on the market or labelled. " .

5.   In Schedule 1 (miscellaneous additives generally permitted for use in foods not referred to in Schedule 6, 7 or 8)--

(a) as Note (5) add the following--

" (5) The substances E400, E401, E402, E403, E404, E406, E407, E407a, E410, E412, E413, E414, E415, E417, E418 and E440 may not be used in jelly cups, defined for the purpose of these Regulations as jelly confectionery of a firm consistency, contained in semi-rigid mini-cups or mini-capsules, intended to be ingested in a single bite by exerting pressure on the mini-cup or mini-capsule so as to project the confectionery into the mouth. " ;

(b) after the entry relating to E461 insert the following --

E 462Ethyl cellulose

6.   In Schedule 2 (conditionally permitted preservatives and antioxidants) part A (sorbates, benzoates and p-hydroxybenzoates)--

(a) omit the entries for E 216 Propyl p-hydroxybenzoate and E 217 Sodium propyl p-hydroxybenzoate in the first table;

(b) omit the entries for "Shrimps, cooked" and "Crayfish tails, cooked and pre-packed Marinated cooked molluscs" in the second table;

(c) in the first column (entitled "Food") of the second table, for the words "Dietetic foods intended for special medical purposes" substitute "Dietary foods for special medical purposes as defined in Directive 1999/21/EC(7)";

(d) add the following entries to the second table at the end:

" Crustaceans and molluscs, cooked10002000
Food supplements supplied in liquid form2000 "

7.   In Schedule 2 Part B (sulphur dioxide and sulphites), in the second table--

(a) for the entries relating to crustaceans and cephalopods substitute the following--

" Crustaceans and cephalopods:
fresh, frozen and deep frozen150*
crustaceans, Panaeidae, Solenoceridae, Aristaeidae family:
-- [< =]80 units150*
-- > 80 units but [<=] 120 units200*
-- > 120 units300*
Cooked50*
cooked crustaceans, Panaeidae, Solenoceridae, Aristaeidae family:
-- [<=] 80 units135*
-- > 80 units but [<=] 120 units180*
-- > 120 units270*
* In edible parts "

(b) for the expression "Starches (excluding starches for weaning foods, follow-on formulae and infant formulae)" substitute "Starches (excluding starches in infant formulae, follow-on formulae and processed cereal-based foods and baby foods)";

(c) at the end of the table add the following entries --

" Salsicha fresca450
Table grapes10
Fresh lychees10 (measured on edible parts) "

8.   In Schedule 2 Part C (other preservatives) the table relating to E 249, E 250, E 251 and E 252 is replaced by the table set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations.

9.   In Schedule 2 Part D (other antioxidants) the table is replaced by the table set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

10.   In Schedule 3 (other permitted miscellaneous additives)--

(a) in the entry relating to E385 in the third and fourth columns (entitled respectively "Food" and "Maximum level") add the following entries--

"Libamáj, egézben és tömbben250 mg/kg

(b) after the entry relating to E 967 insert the following--

E 968ErythritolFood in general (except drinks and those foods referred to in Article 2(3) of Directive 95/2/ECQuantum satis
Frozen and deep-frozen unprocessed fish, crustaceans, molluscs and cephalopodsQuantum satis
LiqueursQuantum satis
For purposes other than sweetening

(c) after the entry relating to E 425 insert the following--

E 426Soybean hemicelluloseDairy-based drinks intended for retail sale5 g/l
Food supplements1.5 g/l
Emulsified sauces30 g/l
Pre-packaged fine bakery wares intended for retail sale10 g/kg
Pre-packaged ready-to-eat oriental noodles intended for retail sale10 g/kg
Pre-packaged ready-to-eat rice intended for retail sale10 g/kg
Pre-packaged processed potato and rice products (including frozen, deep-frozen, chilled and dried processed products) intended for retail sale10 g/kg
Dehydrated, concentrated, frozen and deep-frozen egg products10 g/kg
Jelly confectionery, except jelly mini-cups10 g/kg

(d) in the third column of the entry relating to E 468, for the expression "Solid dietary supplements" substitute "Food supplements supplied in solid form";

(e) in the third column of the entry relating to E 338 to E 452, for the expression "Dietary supplements" substitute "Food supplements";

(f) in the third column of the entries relating to E 405, E 416, E 432 to E 436, E 473 and E 474, E 475, E 491 to E 495, E 551 to E 559 and E 901 to E 904, for the expression "Dietary food supplements" substitute "food supplements";

(g) in the third column of the entries relating to E 1201 and E 1202, for the expression "Dietary food supplements in tablet and coated form" substitute "Food supplements in tablet and coated form";

(h) in the third column of the entries relating to E 405, E 432 to E 436, E 473 and E 474, E 475, E 477, E 481 and E 482, and E 491 to E 495, for the expression "Dietetic foods intended for special medical purposes" substitute "Dietary foods for special medical purposes as defined in Directive 1999/21/EC";

(i) in the fourth column of the entries relating to E 1505 to E 1520, after the expression "In the case of beverages," insert the expression "with the exception of cream liqueurs,";

(j) at the end of the table add the following entries--

" E 1204PullulanFood supplements in capsule and tablet formQuantum satis
Breath-freshening micro-sweets in the form of filmsQuantum satis
E 1452Starch Aluminium Octenyl SuccinateEncapsulated vitamin preparations in food supplements35 g/kg in food supplement "

11.   In Schedule 4 (permitted carriers and carrier solvents)--

(a) after the entry relating to E 967, in the first column insert "E 968" and in the second column opposite insert "Erythritol";

(b) after the entry relating to E 461, in the first column insert "E 462" and in the second column opposite insert "Ethyl cellulose";

(c) in the third column of the entry related to E 551 and E 552, add the expression "For E 551: in E 171 titanium dioxide and E 172 iron oxides and hydroxides (max. 90% relative to the pigment).".

12.   In Schedule 7 (foods in which a limited number of miscellaneous additives listed in Schedule 1 may be used)--

(a) for the entry relating to ripened cheese, substitute the following--

" Ripened cheeseE 170 calcium carbonatequantum satis
E 504 Magnesium carbonates
E 509 Calcium chloride
E 575 Glucono-delta-lactone
E 500ii Sodium hydrogen carbonatequantum satis (only for sour milk cheese) "

(b) in the entry relating to "pain courant fran√ßais", in the first column add the expression "Friss b√ļzankeny√©r, feh√©r √©s f√©lbarna kenyerek";

(c) in the entry relating to "foie gras, foie gras entier, blocs de foie gras", in the first column add the expression "Libamáj, libamáj egézben, libamáj tömbben".

13.   In Schedule 8 (miscellaneous additives permitted in foods for infants and young children)--

(a) in paragraphs 1, 1A and 1B of the introductory notes, for the expression "weaning foods" substitute in each case the expression "processed cereal-based foods and baby foods";

(b) in Part 3 (miscellaneous additives permitted in weaning foods for infants and young children in good health),

(i) omit the entry relating to E 473; and

(ii) where it appears in the title and in the third column of the entries relating to E 170 to E 526, E 500 to E 503, E 338, E 410 to E 440, E 1404 to E 1450, and E 1451, for the expression "weaning foods" substitute "processed cereal-based foods and baby foods".

(c) in Part 4 (miscellaneous additives permitted in dietary foods for infants and young children for special medical purposes as defined in Directive 1999/21/EC), after the entry relating to E 472c insert the following entry--

" E 473Sucrose esters of fatty acidsProducts containing hydrolysed proteins, peptides and amino acids120 mg/l "

Amendments to the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995

14. --(1) The Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995(8) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) In regulation 2 (interpretation)--

(a) in the definition of "Directive 94/35/EC", for the expression "and by Directive 2003/115/EC" substitute " and by European Parliament and Council Directives 2003/115/EC(9) and 2006/52/EC(10).";

(b) in the definition of "Directive 95/31/EC", for the expression "and by Directive 2004/46/EC" substitute "and by Directives 2004/46/EC and 2006/128/EC(11).".

(3) In Schedule 1 (permitted sweeteners and the foods in or on which they may be used)--

(a) in column 1 after "E 967" add "E 968"; and

(b) in column 2 after "Xylitol" add "Erythritol".

Gwenda Thomas

Under authority of the Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

22 January 2008



Regulation 8

SCHEDULE 1 Entries to be substituted in Part C of Schedule 2 to the Additives Regulations

EC No.NameFoodMaximum amount that may be added during manufacture (expressed as NaNO2)Maximum residual level (expressed as NaNO2)
mg/kgmg/kg
E 249Potassium nitrite(x)Meat Products150
E 250Sodium ) nitrite(xSterilised meat products(Fo > 3,00)(y)100
Traditional immersion cured meat products(1):
Wiltshire bacon(1·1);175
Entremeada, entrecosto, chispe, orelheira e cabeça (salgados)
Toucinho fumado(1·2);
and similar products
Wiltshire ham(1·1);100
and similar products
Rohschinken, nassgepökelt(1·6); and similar products50
Cured tongue(1·3)50
Traditional dry cured meat products(2):
Dry cured bacon(2·1);and similar products175
Dry cured ham(2·1);100
Jamón curado, paleta curada, lomo embuchado y cecina(2·2); Presunto, presunto da pà and paio do lombo(2·3);and similar products
Rohschinken, trockengepökelt(2·5); and similar products50
Other traditionally cured meat products(3);
Vysoèina180
Selsk√Ĺ sal√°m
Turistick√Ĺ trvanliv√Ĺ sal√°m
Polièan
Herkules
Loveck√Ĺ sal√°m
Dunajsk√° klob√°sa
Paprikás(3·5);
and similar products
Rohschinken, trocken-/nassgepökelt(3·1); and similar products50
Jellied veal and brisket(3·2)
EC No.NameFoodMaximum amount that may be added during manufacture, (expressed as NaNO3)Maximum residual level (expressed as NaNO3)
mg/kgmg/kg
E 251Potassium nitrate(z)Non-heat-treated meat products150
E 252Sodium nitrate(z)
Traditional immersion cured meat products(1);
Kylmäsavustettu poronliha/Kallrökt renkött(1·4);300
Wiltshire bacon and Wiltshire ham(1·1)250
Entremeada, entrecosto, chispe, orelheira a cabeça (salgados),
Toucinho fumado(1·2);
Rohschinken, nassgepökelt(1·6);
and similar products
Bacon, Filet de bacon(1·5); and similar products250 without added E 249 or E 250
Cured tongue(1·3)10
Traditional dry cured meat products(2);
Dry cured bacon and Dry cured ham(2·1);250
Jamón curado ,paleta curada, lomo embuchado y cecina(2·2);
Presunto, presunto da pá and paio do lombo(2·3);
Rohschinken, trockengepökelt(2·5); and similar products
Jambon sec, jambon sel sec et autres pièces maturées séchées similaires(2·4)250 without added E 249 or E 250


Regulation 9

SCHEDULE 2 Entries to be Substituted in Part D of Schedule 2 to the Additives Regulations

  

EC NoNameFoodMaximum level (mg/kg)
E 310Propyl gallateFats and oils for the professional manufacture of heat-treated foods200* (gallates, TBHQ and BHA, individually or in combination)
E 311Octyl gallateFrying oil and frying fat, excluding olive pomace oil100* (BHT), both expressed on fat
E 312Dodecyl gallate
E 319Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ)Lard; -- fish oil beef, poultry and sheep fat
E 320Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)Cake mixes; cereal-based snack foods; milk powder for vending machines200 (gallates, TBHQ and BHA, individually or in combination) expressed on fat
E 321Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT)Dehydrated soups and broths; sauces; dehydrated meat; processed nuts; pre-cooked cereals
Seasonings and condiments200 (gallates and BHA, individually or in combination) expressed on fat
Dehydrated potatoes25 (gallates, TBHQ and BHA, individually or in combination)
Chewing gum; food supplements400 (gallates, TBHQ, BHT and BHA, individually or in combination)
Essential oils1,000 (gallates, TBHQ and BHA, individually or in combination)
Flavourings other than essential oils100*(gallates, individually or in combination)
200*(TBHQ and BHA, individually or in combination)
E 315Erythorbic acidCured meat products and preserved meat products500 expressed as erythorbic acid
E 316Sodium erythorbatePreserved and semi-preserved fish products; Frozen and deep-frozen fish with red skin1,500 expressed as erythorbic acid
E 5864-HexylresorcinolFresh, frozen and deep-frozen crustaceans2 as residues in crustacean meat

* When combinations of gallates, TBHQ, BHA and BHT are used, the individual levels must be reduced proportionally

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Regulations)

1.   These Regulations, which apply in relation to Wales and amend the Miscellaneous Food Additives Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/3187 as amended) ("the Additives Regulations") in order to provide for the implementation of--

(a) Directive 2006/52/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 95/2/EC on food additives other than colours and sweeteners and Directive 94/35/EC on sweeteners for use in foodstuffs (OJ No L204, 26.7.2006, p 10), as corrected by a Corrigendum (OJ No L78, 17.3.2007, p 32); and

(b) Commission Directive 2006/129/EC amending and correcting Directive 96/77/EC laying down specific purity criteria on food additives other than colours or sweeteners (OJ No L346, 9.12.2006, p 15).

2.   These Regulations also amend the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/3123 as amended) in order to provide for the implementation of Directive 2006/52/EC mentioned above and of Commission Directive 2006/128/EC amending and correcting Directive 95/31/EC laying down specific criteria of purity concerning sweeteners for use in foodstuffs.

3.   In particular these Regulations amend the Additives Regulations by--

(a) amending certain definitions used in the Additives Regulations, including updating references to recently amended EC legislation (regulation 3);

(b) making a transitional provision to permit the marketing of food additives or food placed on the market or labeled before 15th August 2008 if such marketing would have been lawful under the Additives Regulations before they were amended by these Regulations (regulation 4);

(c) specifying certain additives that may not be used in the manufacture of jelly cups (regulation 5(a));

(d) adding a new substance to the permitted additives listed in Schedule 1, which concerns miscellaneous additives generally permitted for foods not referred to in Schedules 6, 7 or 8 (regulation 5(b));

(e) altering certain limits to, removing certain substances from and adding others to the conditionally permitted preservatives and anti-oxidants to the tables in Part A of Schedule 2 (regulation 6);

(f) amending the entries relating to crustaceans and cephalopods, amending references to foods for infants and young children and adding two new entries to Part B of Schedule 2, which deals with sulphur dioxide and sulphites (regulation 7);

(g) replace Part C of Schedule 2 which relates to the use of potassium nitrite and nitrate and sodium nitrite and nitrate (regulation 8 and Schedule 1);

(h) replace Part D of Schedule 2 which relates to the use of certain anti-oxidants (regulation 9 and Schedule 2);

(i) adding certain substances and amending conditions of use for some already permitted substances in Schedule 3, which concerns other permitted miscellaneous additives, and amending certain defined expressions used in that Schedule (regulation 10);

(j) adding two substances and amending the conditions of use for one already permitted in Schedule 4 which concerns permitted carriers and carrier solvents (regulation 11);

(k) amending Schedule 7, concerning foods in which a limited number of additives may be used, by the addition of certain foods and the addition of one additive to those permitted in one particular food (regulation 12); and

(l) amending a defined expression for a class of foods where it appears in Schedule 8, which concerns miscellaneous additives permitted in foods for infants and young children, and adding a permitted substance to that Schedule (regulation 13).

4.   These Regulations amend the Sweeteners in Food Regulations 1995 by--

(a) updating references to recently amended EC legislation (regulation 14(2)); and

(b) adding a substance to Schedule 1, which concerns permitted sweeteners and the foods in or on which they may be used (regulation 14(3)).

5.   A full regulatory impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business has been prepared and copies are available from the Food Standards Agency, 11th Floor, Southgate House, Wood, Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EW.

( 1 )

1990 c. 16; section 1(1) and (2) (definition of "food") was substituted by S.I. 2004/2990.

Sections 17 and 48 were amended by paragraphs 12 and 21 respectively of Schedule 5 to the Food Standards Act 1999 (1999 c. 28), "the 1999 Act". Section 48 was also amended by S.I 2004/2990.

Functions so far as exercisable in relation to Wales, were transferred to the National Assembly for Wales by the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672) as read with section 40(3) of the 1999 Act. Functions of the National Assembly for Wales are now exercisable by the Welsh Ministers by virtue of paragraph 30 of Schedule 11 to the Government of Wales Act 2006 (2006 c. 32). Back [1]

( 2 )

OJ No. L31, 1.2.2002, p.1. That Regulation was last amended by Commission Regulation (EC) No. 575/2006 (OJ No. L100, 8.4.2006, p.3). Back [2]

( 3 )

S.I. 1995/3187, amended in relation to Wales by S.I. 1997/1413, S.I. 1999/1136, S.I. 2001/1787, SI. 2001/1440, S.I. 2002/329, S.I. 2003/945, S.I. 2005/1311 and S.I. 2005/3254, Back [3]

( 4 )

OJ No. L24, 29.1.2004, p.58. Back [4]

( 5 )

OJ No. L204, 26.7.2006, p.10. Back [5]

( 6 )

OJ No. L346, 9.12.2006, p.15. Back [6]

( 7 )

OJ No. L91, 7.4.1999, p.29. Back [7]

( 8 )

S.I. 1995/3123, amended in relation to Wales by S.I. 1997/814, S.I. 2001/2679, S.I. 2002/330, S.I. 2003/1713, S.I. 2005/1156 and S.I. 2005/3253. Back [8]

( 9 )

OJ No. L24, 29.1.2004, p.65. Back [9]

( 10 )

OJ No. L204, 26.7.2006, p.10. Back [10]

( 11 )

OJ No. L346, 9.12.2006, p.6. Back [11]

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