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The Mineral Hydrocarbons in Food Regulations 1966

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3.—(1) Regulation 4 of these regulations shall not apply in relation to—

(a)any dried fruit containing not more than 0.5 part by weight of mineral hydrocarbon per 100 parts by weight of dried fruit;

(b)any citrus fruit containing not more than 0.1 part by weight of mineral hydrocarbon per 100 parts by weight of citrus fruit;

(c)any sugar confectionery containing mineral hydrocarbon by reason of the use of mineral hydrocarbon as a polishing or glazing agent for confectionery if such confectionery contains by reason thereof not more than 0.2 part by weight of mineral hydrocarbon per 100 parts by weight of such confectionery;

(d)any food containing mineral hydrocarbon—

(i)by reason of the use in the composition of such food of dried fruit, citrus fruit or sugar confectionery, or any one or more of these commodities, containing mineral hydrocarbon not in excess of the relevant quantities permitted in accordance with sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this paragraph;

(ii)by reason not of the inclusion of mineral hydrocarbon as an ingredient in such food but because of the use of mineral hydrocarbon as a lubricant or greasing agent on some surface with which such food has necessarily to come into contact during the course of preparation if such food contains by reason thereof not more than 0.2 part by weight of mineral hydrocarbon per 100 parts by weight of the food;

(e)any chewing compound which—

(i)contains no more than 60 parts by weight of solid mineral hydrocarbon per 100 parts by weight of chewing compound, and

(ii)contains no mineral hydrocarbon other than any mineral hydrocarbon which complies with the specification therefor set forth in paragraph 4 of Part I of the Schedule to these regulations;

(f)the rind of any whole pressed cheese;

(g)any egg, laid by any domestic fowl or domestic duck, which contains mineral hydrocarbon by reason of its having been subjected to a process of preservation consisting of being dipped in, sprayed with or otherwise treated with mineral hydrocarbon and which before sale or exposure for sale is required (by section 3 of the Agricultural Produce (Grading and Marking) Act 1928and orders made thereunder(1) to be marked on the shell with the word “SEALED”;

(h)any food intended for exportation to any place outside the United Kingdom.

(2) Any reference in paragraph (1) of this regulation to any mineral hydrocarbon shall mean any liquid mineral hydrocarbon, any semi-liquid mineral hydrocarbon or any solid mineral hydrocarbon, as the case may be, which complies with the specifications therefor set forth respectively in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Part I of the Schedule to these regulations or a mixture of such liquid, semi-liquid or solid mineral hydrocarbons:

Provided that the reference in paragraph (1)(e) of this regulation to solid mineral hydrocarbon shall mean solid mineral hydrocarbon which complies with the specification therefor set forth in paragraph 4 of the said Part of the said Schedule.

(3) An exemption provided for in paragraphs (1)(a) to (g) of this regulation shall not apply if the food contains any mineral hydrocarbon other than mineral hydrocarbon of a kind referred to in paragraph (2) of this regulation.

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S.R. & O. 1936/1027 (Rev. I. p. 431: 1936 I, p. 39); S.I. 1950/211 (1950 I, p. 19).

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