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The Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (Wales) Regulations 2009

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1.  These Regulations are called the Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (Wales) Regulations 2009, apply in relation to Wales and come into force on 30 October 2009.

Amendment of the Food Labelling Regulations 1996

2.—(1) The Food Labelling Regulations 1996(1) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4) and regulation 3.

(2) In regulation 2(1) (interpretation) —

(a)in the definition of Directive 90/496 after the words “Commission Directive 2003/120/EC” insert “and Commission Directive 2008/100/EC”; and

(b)after the definition of “fat” insert the following—

  • “fibre”, in the context of nutrition labelling, means carbohydrate polymers with three or more monomeric units, which are neither digested nor absorbed in the human small intestine and belong to the following categories:

    • edible carbohydrate polymers naturally occurring in the food as consumed;

    • edible carbohydrate polymers which have been obtained from food raw material by physical, enzymatic or chemical means and which have a beneficial physiological effect demonstrated by generally accepted scientific evidence; or

    • edible synthetic carbohydrate polymers which have a beneficial physiological effect demonstrated by generally accepted scientific evidence;.

(3) In Schedule 6, Part II—

(a)as Table A (vitamins in respect of which claims may be made) substitute the entries set out in Schedule 1 to these Regulations; and

(b)as Table B (minerals in respect of which claims may be made) substitute the entries set out in Schedule 2 to these Regulations.

(4) In Schedule 7, Part I, paragraph 5 —

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (g) for the full stop substitute a semi-colon; and

(b)after sub-paragraph (g) add the following sub-paragraphs—

(h)1 gram of fibre is deemed to contribute 8kJ (2 kcal);

(i)1 gram of erythritol is deemed to contribute 0kJ (0kcal).

Transitional provision

3.  In regulation 50 (transitional provision), after paragraph (15) add the following as paragraph (16) –

(16) In any proceedings for an offence under regulation 44(1)(b) it is a defence to prove that —

(a)the food concerned—

(i)if sold, was sold before the 31 October 2012, and

(ii)if advertised for sale, was advertised for sale before 31 October 2012 but not on or after that date; and

(b)the matters constituting the alleged offence would not have constituted an offence under these Regulations if the amendments made by regulation 2 of the Food Labelling (Nutrition Information) (Wales) Regulations 2009(2) had not been in operation when the food was sold..

Gwenda Thomas

Deputy Minister for Social Services, under authority of the Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

4 October 2009

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