New and emerging policy and regulation

FSS works with the Scottish Government and other UK departments to ensure Scottish interests are represented in EU and international Codex discussions on food and feed law and standards. New legislation and technical amendments can progress quickly, and it is important that stakeholders in Scotland are kept informed  on the latest changes and have an opportunity to input their views.

This section details proposed changes to EU food and feed law, international standards, and associated domestic policy and legislation where early input from stakeholders in Scotland is necessary.

General Food Law Regulation

On 11 February 2019, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal to amend the General Food Law Regulation. The proposal follows up on the European Citizens' Initiative and aims at increasing the transparency of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.

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Trans-fats – New Commission Regulation Adopted

On 24 April 2019, the Commission adopted a new Regulation to set a maximum limit on the use of industrially produced trans-fat in foods in the EU. The measure aims to protect consumers' health providing Europeans with healthier food options.

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Specific hygiene rules for insects intended for human consumption.

Regulation 853/2004 establishes hygiene rules on food. It is proposed to introduce a new Section in Annex III on insects, as these are increasingly consumed and exported to the EU. Despite the fact that dead insects, parts of them and processed insects are subject to authorisation under Novel Food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283, there is a need for minimum hygiene requirements for those insects and for live ones, similar to those already laid down for use in feed. 

Read more about the EU consultation which took place earlier in 2019.

Changes to the official controls regulation

The European Parliament and the Council adopted the new Official Controls Regulation No 2017/625 on 15 March 2017. The Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 April 2017 and came into force on the 27 April 2017.

The new rules replace Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls and other legislation which currently governs the control and enforcement of rules along the agri-food chain.

The new rules will gradually become applicable with the main application date being 14 December 2019. View details of different application dates.

Read about the main elements and changes in the new regulation.

Chemical Contaminants

On 23 May 2019, The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) launched a public consultation on their draft scientific opinion on the risks for animal and human health related to the presence of quinolizidine alkaloids in food and feed, in particular in lupin and lupin derived products. This document presents estimations of human and animal dietary exposure and an assessment of human and animal health risks related to dietary exposure to quinolizidine alkaloids. Take part in the consultation.

Read a summary report of the latest meeting of the Standing Committee on plants, animals, food and feed – Novel food and Toxicological Safety of the Food Chain.

The Food Standards Agency represents the UK at these meetings and publish updates following attendance. 

Food contact materials

The EU is considering revisions to the limits for lead and cadmium in kitchen ware, and is inviting comments on a road map from 29 May to 26 June 2019. 

Find out more.

Animal Feed

The Commission and EU countries discuss animal nutrition issues in the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed - Animal Nutrition. The Food Standards Agency represents the UK at these meetings and publish updates following attendance.

Read the Committee agenda and report


Import controls are crucial in verifying compliance of food and feed products with relevant legal requirements.  Some products can only come into the EU through specific ports; and other products may be subject to specific restrictions which can change frequently. 

Read more about imports and latest import conditions.

The EU intends to amend Regulation (EC) No 2017/186 to fix harmonised sampling procedures for commodities subject to specific controls, i.e. for the time being sesame seeds and betel leaves from India. This includes a simplifying reporting procedures by Member States. A consultation  is running from 24 May to 26 June 2019.

FSS Consultations

All FSS consultations are published on this website.

  • Find out more about FSS consultations
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