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  • The Sugar Bill – What is it? When can we expect it? Is it legal?

    5th November 2015

    Unlike the voluntary 'traffic light labelling' scheme introduced in 2013, which is currently under review by the European Commission (EC) following its initiation of infringement proceedings against the UK - the ‘Sugar Bill’ will introduce new mandatory labeling requirements and advertising restrictions. But are these legal under European (EU) law?

    At present food labelling is harmonised by the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (EC No 1169/2011)(FIC). Similarly, health claims are regulated by the Nutrition and Health Claims regulation (EC No 1924/2006)(HCR).…
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  • The Law, Science & Art of Health claims

    3rd November 2015

    In most of the industry articles I have written since 2000 they have focused on the technical aspects of food law, product marketing, or food science and technology. However, as the managing director of a food law consultancy, I though it of interest to consider such issues in a pragmatic and client centric approach. It’s been over 10 years since the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (EC No 1924/2006) (HCR) came into force and its continues to frustrate legitimate communications…
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