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The Food Enzymes (Wales) Regulations 2009

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Title, application and commencement

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Food Enzymes (Wales) Regulations 2009 and they come into force on 20 January 2010.

(2) They apply in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

  • “the Act” (“y Ddeddf”) means the Food Safety Act 1990;

  • “the EC Regulation” (“y Rheoliad EC”) means Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food enzymes and amending Council Directive 83/417/EEC, Council Regulation (EC) No 1493/1999, Directive 2000/13/EC, Council Directive 2001/112/EC and Regulation (EC) No 258/97(1);

  • “food authority” (“awdurdod bwyd”) has the meaning that it bears by virtue of section 5(1A) of the Act; and

  • “port health authority” (“awdurdod iechyd porthladd”) means in relation to any port health district constituted by order under section 2(3) of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984(2), a port health authority for that district constituted by order under section 2(4) of that Act.

(2) Any other expression used in these Regulations and in the EC Regulation has the same meaning in these Regulations as it bears in the EC Regulation.

(3) Unless indicated otherwise, any reference to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article so numbered in the EC Regulation.

Offences, penalties and savings

3.—(1) A person who contravenes or fails to comply with any of the provisions of the EC Regulation specified in paragraph (2) as read with the transitional arrangements contained in Article 18 and Article 24 is guilty of an offence.

(2) The provisions mentioned in paragraph (1) are—

(a)Article 4 (restriction on placing on the market and use of food enzymes not on the list provided for in Article 17);

(b)Article 5 (prohibition on placing on the market of non-compliant food enzymes or foods containing such enzymes);

(c)Article 10(1) (requirements for labelling of food enzymes and preparations not intended for sale to the final consumer);

(d)Article 12(1) (requirements for labelling of food enzymes and preparations intended for sale to the final consumer); and

(e)Article 14(1) and (2) (requirement to provide specified information to the Commission).

(3) Anyone convicted of an offence under paragraph (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

Enforcement and competent authorities

4.  It is the duty of each food authority within its area and each port health authority within its district to execute and enforce these Regulations and the EC Regulation.

Application of various sections of the Food Safety Act 1990

5.—(1) The following provisions of the Act apply for the purposes of these Regulations with the modification that any reference in those provisions to the Act or Part thereof is construed as a reference to these Regulations—

(a)section 20 (offences due to fault of another person);

(b)section 21 (defence of due diligence), with the modification that—

(i)subsections (2) to (4) apply in relation to an offence under regulation 3(1) as they apply in relation to an offence under section 14 or 15, and

(ii)in subsection (4) the references to “sale” are deemed to include references to “placing on the market”;

(c)section 30(8) (which relates to documentary evidence);

(d)section 35(1) (punishment of offences), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(1) as applied by paragraph (3)(b);

(e)section 35(2) and (3), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(2) as applied by paragraph (3)(c);

(f)section 36 (offences by bodies corporate); and

(g)section 36A (offences by Scottish partnerships).

(2) In the application of section 32 of the Act (powers of entry) for the purposes of these Regulations, the reference in subsection (1) to the Act is to be construed as including references to the EC Regulation.

(3) The following provisions of the Act apply for the purposes of these Regulations with the modification that any reference in those provisions to the Act is construed as including a reference to the EC Regulation and these Regulations—

(a)section 3 (presumption that food is intended for human consumption) with the modification that the references to “sold” and “sale” are deemed to include references to “placed on the market” and “placing on the market” respectively;

(b)section 33(1) (obstruction of officers);

(c)section 33(2), with the modification that the reference to “any such requirement as is mentioned in subsection (1)(b) above” is deemed to be a reference to any such requirement as is mentioned in that subsection as applied by sub-paragraph (b); and

(d)section 44 (protection of officers acting in good faith).

(4) Section 34 of the Act (time limit for prosecutions) applies to offences under regulation 3 as it applies to offences punishable under section 35(2) of the Act.

Condemnation of Food

6.  Where any food is certified by a food analyst as being food which it is an offence under these Regulations to place on the market, that food may be treated for the purposes of section 9 of the Act (under which a food may be seized and destroyed under an order of a justice of the peace) as failing to comply with food safety requirements.

Amendment of the Food Labelling Regulations

7.—(1) The Food abelling Regulations 1996(3) are amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (5).

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

(a)following the definition of “follow-on formula” insert the following definition—

  • “food enzyme” has the meaning that it bears in Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food enzymes(4);; and

(b)in the definition of “ingredient”, after the expression “any additive” insert the expression “, any food enzyme”.

(3) In regulation 14 (names of ingredients) after paragraph (9) insert the following as paragraph (9A)—

(9A) A food enzyme other than one referred to in regulation 17(b) or (c) is identified by the appropriate category in Schedule 4 followed by the specific name of that enzyme..

(4) In regulation 17 (ingredients which need not be named)—

(a)in paragraphs (b) and (c) in each case after the expression “any additive” insert “or food enzyme”; and

(b)in paragraph (d) after the expression “an additive” insert “or food enzyme”.

(5) In the heading to Schedule 4, for the word “additives” substitute “ingredients”.

Amendment of the Caseins and Caseinates Regulations 1985

8.  In the Schedule to the Caseins and Caseinates Regulations 1985(5), in column 2 of Part II (technological adjuvants and bacterial cultures) after the expressions “rennet” and “other milk-coagulating enzymes” in each case add the expression “meeting the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food enzymes”.

Amendment of the Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Wales) Regulations 2003

9.  In Schedule 4 (permitted treatments and additional substances) to the Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (Wales) Regulations 2003(6), after the expressions “Pectolytic enzymes”, “Proteolytic enzymes” and “Amylolytic enzymes” in paragraphs 4, 5 and 6 respectively in each case add the expression “meeting the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food enzymes”.

Amendment of the Novel Food and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations 1997

10.  In regulation 2(1) (interpretation) of the Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations 1997(7), for the definition of “Regulation (EC) No 258/97” substitute the following definition—

“Regulation (EC) No 258/97” means Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning novel foods and food ingredients(8) as last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1332/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on food enzymes; and.

Gwenda Thomas

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

21 December 2009

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