Rapidly Developing Policy

Here you can find updates on developing policy.

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 of 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 or rapid input from stakeholders in Scotland is required.  It also provides updates on emerging policy and decisions.

Regulation (EU) 2018/183 Denial of formaldehyde as a feed additive

The requirements of the new EU Regulation enters into force twenty days following adoption of ​Regulation (EU) 2018/183 on the 7 February, which was published the following day in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The use of formaldehyde under the proposed use as a ‘Hygiene condition enhancer’ is prohibited with immediate effect (i.e. by 1 March 2018) when this Regulation enters into force. However, transition periods are applied to the existing use of formaldehyde as a preservative in skimmed milk for piglets, with the additive withdrawn from market by 28 May 2018 and premixtures or finished feed withdrawn by 28 August 2018 at the latest. Please refer to Regulation (EU) 2018/183 for full details.  

The Novel Foods (Scotland) Regulations 2017

The new Regulations provide enforcement authorities with the necessary powers to enforce Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods which applied from 1 January 2018.

Proposed Revisions to Codex Guidance

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) have published the Draft Revision of the General Principles of Food Hygiene and its HACCP Annex and the proposed draft Guidance for the Management of Microbiological Foodborne Crises/Outbreaks.  These will be discussed at the 50th session of CCFH in November.  Food Standards Scotland (FSS) is seeking views, by Friday 21 September, to help develop a UK response to the Draft Revision. 

Proposed Revisions to Codex Guidance  - Fish and Fishery Products

The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) have published the Draft Revision on Revision of the Code of Practice for Fish and Fishery Products (CXC 52-3002) and Revisions of the Section on Sampling, Examination and Analyses related to Histamine Food Safety which will be discussed at the plenary session in meeting in November. Food Standards Scotland is seeking views by Wednesday 19th September 2018 to help develop a UK response to the Draft Revision. 

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