EU Food Information For Consumers – what happens post brexit?

So now the #UK has voted to leave the #EU, what happens with the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No #1169/2011 (FIC)?

#1. Early indications suggest that the UK government will not begin negotiations with the #EU immediately and it could take up to 2 years to disentangle the #UK from the #EU. So there will most likely be no changes for the immediate future.

#2. 1169/2011 is a #regulation and, according to sources and articles, once passed, member states have an obligation to implement the #legislation.

#3. The #allergen guidance came into force in December 2014 and the #nutrition #labelling guidance comes into force in December 2016. Most businesses have now made the changes around the #allergens and have already implemented the #nutritional #labelling guidance. Therefore, these are likely to continue to be adhered to for the immediate future.

#4. The UK has it’s own Food Information Regulation (FIC 2014) which came into force in 2014 to enforce the European Food Information to Consumers Regulation No 1169/2011 (FIC). This gives Local Authorities the power to impose penalties and make prosecutions. Therefore this is already written into UK law.

#5. What happens after 2 year transitional period when the #UK starts to actually leave the EU? This is THE big question. If we are no longer a #EU member state do we still need to adhere to this law or do we have the freedom to repeal it, reverse it or bring out our own #legislation? Well, it’s early days but given the fact that it would be a massive undertaking to write new #legislation and that most of #1169/2011 has already been implemented, you would think (and hope) that things remain as they are. The need for the #legislation remains the same: clear and consistent food labelling and consumer information.

I have emailed both #DEFRA and the #FSA but I said above, it’s very early days. I will post any updates I receive or hear.

Please share your comments and thoughts below.

UPDATE FROM DEFRA 12/7/2016…

Thank you for your email of 25 June about EU FIC 1169/2011. The British people have voted to leave the European Union, and Defra is focused on implementing that decision.

Negotiations will begin with the European Union following the appointment of a new Prime Minister. Current arrangements and the legal framework for farming and our environment remain in place.

The United Kingdom is still a member of the EU and thus bound by EU regulation. The Regulation still applies as there are penalties for breach of it in a UK statutory instrument.

I hope that this information is helpful.

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