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The Food Labelling (Amendment) (Irradiated Food) Regulations 1990

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These Regulations, which apply to England and Wales, amend the Food Labelling Regulations 1984 and implement the provisions of Council Directive (EEC) 89/395 (OJ No. L186, 30.06.89, p.17) insofar as they require indications of irradiation in the labelling of prepacked food sold to the ultimate consumer or to catering establishments and (subject to derogations which Member States are empowered to permit) other food sold without prepacking (including food sold in catering establishments) to the ultimate consumer. By virtue of these regulations indications of irradiation must, subject to exceptions, be included in—

(a)labelling of irradiated food, or food with irradiated ingredients, prepacked for sale to the ultimate consumer or to catering establishments (regulations 4 and 10);

(b)labelling of such food when sold to the ultimate consumer or to catering establishments without being prepacked (regulations 5 and 6);and

(c)labelling of such foods when sold in catering establishments including take-away establishments (regulations 7 and 8). For food sold in catering establishments provision is made for the indication of irradiation to be given on a menu, notice, ticket or label that can be seen by the purchaser when he chooses the food (regulation 9).

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