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The Food Labelling Regulations 1996

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Foods which need not bear a list of ingredients

18.  (1)  The following foods need not be marked or labelled with a list of ingredients:

(a)fresh fruit and vegetables, including potatoes, which have not been peeled or cut into pieces;

(b)carbonated water, to which no ingredient other than carbon dioxide has been added, and whose name indicates that it has been carbonated;

(c)vinegar which is derived by fermentation exclusively from a single basic product and to which no other ingredient has been added;

(d)cheese, butter, fermented milk and fermented cream, to which no ingredient has been added other than lactic products, enzymes and micro-organism cultures essential to manufacture or, in the case of cheese other than fresh curd cheese and processed cheese, such amount of salt as is needed for its manufacture;

(e)any food consisting of a single ingredient, including flour to which no substances have been added other than those which are required to be present in the flour by regulation 4 of the Bread and Flour Regulations;

(f)any drink with an alcoholic strength by volume of more than 1.2 per cent.

(2) Without prejudice to regulation 12, in the case of—

(a)any vinegar which is derived by fermentation exclusively from a single basic product and to which any other ingredient has been added, or

(b)any cheese, butter, fermented milk or fermented cream, to which any ingredient, other than one which is mentioned in paragraph (1)(d) of this regulation, has been added,

only those other added ingredients need be named in the list of ingredients, if the heading of the list includes or is accompanied by the words “added ingredients” or other words indicating that the list is not a complete list of ingredients.

(3) The labelling of any food that is not required to bear a list of ingredients shall not include a list of ingredients unless the food is marked or labelled with a complete list of ingredients in accordance with regulations 12 to 17 as if it were required to be so marked or labelled.

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