FoodNavigator.com discusses potential changes to UK and EU food labeling law in FSA aims to cut mycotoxins from cereal ingredients. Here’s a snippet:
In December, the FSA proposed a more harmonised approach to the enforcement of contaminants levels across the EU, which would help to promote consistent and effective regulation by reducing uncertainty or dispute in interpreting results against limits.
The draft Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2007 would provide enforcement authorities and industry with the necessary legal framework to ensure compliance with EU measures setting maximum levels for specific contaminants.
The EU-wide directive on contaminants is part of the legislative push to increase the safety of the food chain, by cutting down the levels of chemical residues found in products, including those used as pesticides or as part of the processing cycle.
The European Commission revised the directive last year to widen the scope of limits on heavy metals and mycotoxins in foods, among other changes. The new regulation consolidated and replaced European Commission regulation 466/2001 and its previous amendments.
The Commission is also in the process of replacing the sampling and analysis directives with new regulations. The proposals set maximum levels for nitrates in spinach, lettuce, baby foods and processed cereal based food for infants and young children.
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