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The Foodstuffs Suitable for People Intolerant to Gluten (Wales) Regulations 2010

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Title, commencement and application

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Foodstuffs Suitable for People Intolerant to Gluten (Wales) Regulations 2010, and they come into force on 1 January 2012.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

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

  • “the Commission Regulation” (“Rheoliad y Comisiwn”) means Commission Regulation (EC) No. 41/2009 concerning the composition and labelling of foodstuffs suitable for people intolerant to gluten(1);

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

  • “specified provision” (“darpariaeth benodedig”) means any provision of the Commission Regulation that is specified in Column 1 of the Schedule and whose subject-matter is described in Column 2 of the Schedule.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), any expression other than one defined in paragraph (1) that is used both in these Regulations and in the Act has the meaning it bears in the Act.

(3) Any expression used both in these Regulations and in the Commission Regulation has the meaning that it bears in the Commission Regulation.

(4) Where any functions under the Act are assigned–

(a)by an order under section 2 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984(2), to a port health authority; or

(b)by an order under section 6 of the Public Health Act 1936(3), to a joint board for a united district;

any reference in these Regulations to a food authority must be construed, so far as relating to those functions, as a reference to the authority to whom they are so assigned.

Offences, penalties and execution and enforcement

3.—(1) Any person who contravenes any of the specified provisions is guilty of an offence.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(3) Each food authority must execute and enforce these Regulations within its area.

Application of the specified provisions

4.  For the purposes of these Regulations, the specified provisions apply in relation to foodstuffs for people intolerant to gluten that are placed on the retail market irrespective of whether they are in pre-packaged form.

Application of various sections of the Food Safety Act 1990

5.  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 must be construed as a reference to these Regulations—

(a)section 3 (presumptions that food intended for human consumption);

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

(c)section 21 (defence of due diligence)(4), with the modifications that 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 that in subsection (4)(b) the references to “sale or intended sale” are deemed to include references to “labelling, advertising or presentation”;

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

(e)section 33(1) (obstruction etc. of officers);

(f)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 paragraph (e);

(g)section 35(1) (punishment of offences)(5), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(1) as applied by paragraph (e);

(h)section 35(2) and (3)(6), in so far as it relates to offences under section 33(2) as applied by paragraph (f);

(i)section 36 (offences by bodies corporate);

(j)section 36A (offences by Scottish partnerships)(7); and

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

Gwenda Thom

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

23 October 2010

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