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FSA publishes guidance on new health marks

15th Oct 2020 / By Alistair Driver

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published long-awaited guidance on the new health marks that will be required from the start of next year. 

The current ‘UK/EC’ health and identification marks applied to food products of animal origin (POAO) produced in the UK must be used until the end of the Transition Period on December 31, 2020.

From then onwards new health and identification marks can be used for POAO produced and placed on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland or exported outside of the UK.

You can view the FSA guidance HERE 

Examples of health marks for FSA-approved businesses from January 1, 2021.

Health marks

 

Examples of health marks for FSA-approved businesses in Northern Ireland from January 1, 2021.

Health marks MI

More examples are on the FSA website. 

Legislation in England, Wales and Scotland is being proposed to allow a 21-month adjustment period for goods placed on the market in Great Britain to reduce the impact of the change in requirements for identification marks.

This will allow UK businesses to deplete existing stocks of labels, wrapping and packaging carrying the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark owned by the food business operator at the end of the Transition Period.

But this is not applicable to POAO produced in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for export to the EU or non-EU markets. Further guidance on placing POAO on the Northern Ireland market will be published shortly.

The FSA guidance includes detailed information on the changes, the situation for products placed on the market before the end of the year, and the specifcations that will apply from the start of next year. 

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