Food information and food labelling law
Produced in partnership with Giles Bedloe, Barrister, of 9 Gough Chambers and Dominic Watkins of DWF LLP
Food information and food labelling law

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Giles Bedloe, Barrister, of 9 Gough Chambers and Dominic Watkins of DWF LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Food information and food labelling law
  • Impact of Brexit on food labelling law
  • Regulatory framework
  • Key obligations
  • Different responsibilities depending on position in supply chain
  • Mandatory food information
  • Annex III: additional mandatory particulars
  • Minimum font size
  • Language
  • Distance selling
  • More...

Impact of Brexit on food labelling law

As of exit day (31 January 2020), the UK ceased to be an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK entered an implementation period, during which it continued to be subject to EU law. The implementation period ended at 11 pm on 31 December 2020 (IP completion day). Thereafter, the UK ceased to be subject to EU law with the exception of Northern Ireland (NI) which—in accordance with the Northern Ireland Protocol, intended to protect the fundamental principle of the Good Friday Agreement that there should be no hard border on the island of Ireland—continues to be subject to EU law.

In accordance with sections 2 to 7 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EU(W)A 2018) as amended by section 25 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (EU(WA)A 2020), and with certain exemptions, existing EU law is retained in the UK. Retained EU law took effect as a new category of UK domestic law from IP completion day.

This includes under the EU(W)A 2018: (i) section 2—the retention of EU-derived domestic legislation; (ii) section 3—the incorporation of direct EU legislation into domestic law; (iii) section 4—the saving of rights etc recognised and available in domestic law by virtue of section 2(1) of the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA 1972).

During the implementation

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