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January 12, 2021
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Israel, Kazakhstan, and Taiwan.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the EU, Taiwan, and Great Britain. Please contact BCI for more information on subscribing.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the Czech Republic, Israel, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Great Britain. The BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the Czech Republic, Israel, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, and Great Britain.

January 8, 2021
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The United Kingdom’s (UK) 11-month transition period from the European Union (EU) ended on December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, a new independent food additive regulatory regime operates in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and has taken responsibility for its own decisions using its own rules. Any new decisions taken under the EU regime after January 1, 2021, will not apply in Great Britain. Food exports destined for England, Scotland, or Wales must comply with Great Britain’s food additive regulations.    

However, Northern Ireland’s status will remain the same. Under the terms of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU regulatory regime continues to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period. Food exports destined to Northern Ireland must comply with EU food additive regulations.

To accommodate these changes, the following adjustments have been made in the Food Additive Database:

  • Great Britain: Market added to the Food Additive Database.
    Displays current EU maximum use levels as they existed on December 31, 2020, but moving forward, will be updated as amended by Great Britain.
  • European Union: Should be consulted for Northern Ireland
    The European Union market will continue to display relevant EU food additive levels and should be consulted for requirements for Northern Ireland. 
January 5, 2021
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The United Kingdom’s (UK) 11-month transition period from the European Union (EU) ended on December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, a new independent MRL and contaminant limit regulatory regime operates in Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) and has taken responsibility for its own decisions using its own rules. Any new decisions taken under the EU regime after January 1, 2021, will not apply in Great Britain. Food exports destined for England, Scotland, or Wales must comply with Great Britain’s pesticide and veterinary drug MRL and contaminant limit regulations.    

However, Northern Ireland’s status will remain the same. Under the terms of the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol, the EU regulatory regime continues to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period. Food exports destined to Northern Ireland must comply with EU pesticide and veterinary drug MRL and contaminant limit regulations.

To accommodate these changes, the following adjustments have been made in BCGlobal:

  • United Kingdom: Market removed from BCGlobal.
  • Great Britain: Market added to BCGlobal.
    Displays current EU MRLs and contaminant limits as they existed on December 31, 2020, but moving forward, will be updated as amended by Great Britain.
  • Northern Ireland: Market added to BCGlobal. 
    Displays a deferral to EU MRLs and contaminant limits and will be updated as amended by the EU.  

Subscriptions and custom settings, such as Saved Queries or MRL Change Notifications, with the United Kingdom will automatically be replaced by the markets Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

December 30, 2020
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After the January 31, 2020, withdrawal from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom’s (UK) 11-month transition period ends on December 31, 2020.As of January 1, 2021, Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales) will operate food additive regulations independently from the EU. Any new decisions taken by the EU will not automatically apply in Great Britain. However, Northern Ireland will continue to apply EU policies under the terms of the United Kingdom's Withdrawal Agreement and Northern Ireland Protocol. EU food additive regulations will continue to apply in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period. 

In order to accommodate these changes, the BCGlobal Food Additive Database will adjust its markets to include both Great Britain and the European Union.

  • Great Britain: The Food Additive Database will display EU food additive regulations as they existed on December 31, 2020, but will be changed as amended by Great Britain moving forward from January 1, 2021. 
  • European Union: The Food Additive Database will display food additive regulations and should be consulted for requirements for Northern Ireland. 
The BCGlobal Food Additive Database will be updated to reflect all relevant changes. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.
January 24, 2020
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Recently, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service published Food and Agricultural Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) reports for the United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, Singapore, Ecuador, Lithuania, Serbia, and the Philippines.

The BCGlobal Food Additive Database includes maximum use level regulations for over 850 additives in more than 70 countries worldwide, including the European Union, Singapore, Ecuador, and the Philippines.

The BCGlobal Pesticide MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for the United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, Singapore, Ecuador, Lithuania, and the Philippines. The BCGlobal Vet Drug MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for United Kingdom, Romania, Turkey, Singapore, Lithuania, and the Philippines.

November 26, 2018
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On November 22, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency opened a public consultation on the success of consolidating various regulations into The Food Additives, Flavourings, Enzymes and Extraction Solvents (England) Regulations 2013. The consultation ends December 20, 2018. 
 

The European Union’s food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.


November 26, 2018
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On November 22, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency opened a public consultation on the proposed amendments to Northern Ireland domestic legislation to ensure it will continue to operate once the UK has left the EU. The consultation ends December 20, 2018. 

 
The European Union’s food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

November 16, 2018
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On November 15, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency opened a public consultation on miscellaneous amendments to Northern Ireland food regulations, which include some relevant to food additives. The consultation ends December 13, 2018. 
   

The European Union’s food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

September 7, 2018
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On September 4, the United Kingdom’s Food Standards opened a public consultation on the proposed approach to retained EU law for food and feed safety and hygiene during the EU exit. The consultation ends October 14, 2018. 

 
The European Union’s food additive regulations are included in the Food Additive Database. If you are interested in subscribing, please contact BCI for more information.

January 18, 2017
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The United States Department of Agriculture's Foreign Service recently published Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards (FAIRS) Country Reports for the following countries:

Information on pesticides and other contaminants is included in Section III for the United Kingdom and Section V for Thailand, Honduras, and Italy. The Global MRL Database currently displays relevant established and proposed MRLs for these markets. 

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