I have been attending an EU Food Law meeting this week on The Revision of the PARNUTs Directive – it was attended by all the major companies.
See Nutraingredient article: MEPs back the proposals
Presentations from the EU Food Law Meeting
Charitini Frenaritou, Chair of the Foodstuffs Council’s Working Group, Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, gave an outline of the Main Points of theagreement reached between the two co-legislators, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament (endorsed by COREPER 19/11) on the Proposal for a Regulation on Food Intended for Infants and Young Children, Food for Special Medical Purposes and Total Diet Replacement for Weight Control. This follows the third Triologue meeting on 14th November.
We don’t yet have permission to share the presentation and the decision still has to be approved in a 2nd Reading in the European Parliament but the main points relating to infant and young child feeding are as follows:
The aim of the Cyprus Presidency is to work towards a Better Europe so it has set the following priorities:
- Europe, more efficient and sustainable
- Europe, with a better performing and growth- based economy
- Europe, more relevant to its citizens
- Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours
- The majority of PARNUTs provisions date back to 1977 and need to be reviewed
- Need to remove differences in interpretation by simplifying the regulatory environment.
- The current framework regulating these products needed to be revised taking into account the evolution of the overall food regulatory system as well as the evolution of the market.
Th new Regulation will be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member State
It will establish compositional and information requirements for
a)infant formula and follow-on formula;
b)processed cereal-based food and baby food;
c)food for special medical purposes;
d)total diet replacement for weight control
It will establish a Union list of substances that may be added to one or more categories of those categories of food and provides rules for the update of this list.
To ensure uniform conditions for the implementation of this Regulation, implementing powers should be conferred on the Commission to decide: whether or not a given food falls within the scope of this Regulation and to which category of food under the scope it belongs
- The Commission shall, after consulting EFSA, present to the European Parliament and to the Council a report on the necessity, if any, of special provisions regarding the composition, labelling and other types of requirements, if appropriate, of the milk-based drinks and similar products intended for young children.
- This report will consider, among others:
- The nutritional needs of young children and the scientific base of the added value of these products in the children’s diet.
- The Commission may accompany this report with a legislative proposal.
New Restrictions on presentation and advertising of infant formula and on labelling on infant formula and follow on formula
- The presentation and advertising of infant formula shall not include pictures of infants, or other pictures or text which may idealise the use of this category of food
- The labelling of infant formula and follow-on formula shall not include pictures of infants, or other pictures or text which may idealise the use of this category of food
- are in the 3 lists of the current (Dir. 2006/141/EC, 2006/125/EC and Reg. 953/2009), and
- belongs to the following categories of substances: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carnitine and taurine, nucleotides, choline and inositol.
- The update of the Union list will be done by delegated acts.
Following this presentation Basil Matioudakis, Head of Unit, gave a view from the European Commission
His presentation is HERE where he:
- Acknowledged that more rules are needed to reflect the market situation (cf. SCFCAH Conclusions, 22/6/2012)
- There should be Further restriction on legislation shopping
- This is a strong political message for infants and young children
- The Concept of ‘dietetic food’ is abolished
Other presentations including mine are available below.