Provisional UK Common Framework on Nutrition labelling, Composition and Standards

Background

The Framework covers:

> nutrition and health claims made on foods;

> the addition of vitamins, minerals, and certain other substances to foods;

> the composition and labelling of food supplements;

> the composition and labelling of food intended for infants and young children, food special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control (“Foods for Specific Groups”); and the

> mandatory nutrition declaration (food labelling), including additional forms of expression and presentation.

The Committee received a letter from Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing which shares the provisional UK Common Framework on Nutrition labelling, Composition and Standards. The letter requests the Committee provide its commentary on the provisional Framework.

Following receipt of the letter, the Convener wrote to the Minister regarding the expected timescale for the Committee's scrutiny of the provisional Framework. 

Committee approach 

The Committee agreed at its meeting on the 17 November 2020 to issue a letter to the Scottish Government requesting more information on the Regime being introduced and Governance and Enforcement. 

The Convener received a response on 30 November 2020.

The Committee also agreed to hold an evidence session with a range of stakeholders on the 1 December and the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing on 8 December. 

Ahead of the evidence session on 1 December, we received a written submission from Professor Paul Haggarty of The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, University of Aberdeen. 

Evidence sessions

Date  Evidence session
1 December 2020 Stakeholders
8 December 2020 Scottish Government and Food Standards Scotland

1 December - Meeting papers:

> Papers for meeting - 1 December 2020 (159KB pdf)

> Minutes of meeting - 1 December 2020 (76KB pdf)

> Official Report of meeting - 1 December 2020

8 December - Meeting papers:

> Papers for meeting - 8 December 2020 (1.25MB pdf) 

> Minutes of meeting - 8 December 2020 (81KB pdf) 

> Official Report of meeting - 8 December 2020

Following the evidence session with the Minister on 8 December, the Convener issued a follow-up letter.

A copy of the above letter was also sent to the other four UK legislatures for information:

The Convener received a response from the Minister for Public Health and Sport on 14 January 2021.

The Convener received a response from Colm Gildernew MLA, Chair, Committee for Health, Northern Ireland Assembly on 15 January 2021.

The Convener received a copy of a letter issued to the Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and the Welsh Language from David Rees MS, Chair of the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee, Senedd Cymru on 20 January 2021.

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