New legislation on spreadable fats and dairy products

Changes are being made to domestic legislation in light of the new Council Regulation (EC) No. 1234/2007. The regulation establishes a common organisation of agricultural markets and specific
provisions for certain agricultural products.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 revises a number of specific commodity regulations and its creation forms part of a wider simplification and streamlining exercise of the Common
Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The new regulation applies to all agricultural products that are covered by Common Market Organisations (CMOs) and includes rules on Dairy Designations and Spreadable Fats.

From 1 July 2008, Council Regulations 1898/87 (on the protection of designations used in the marketing of milk and milk products) and 2991/94 (laying down standards for spreadable fats) will be
repealed and Regulation 1234/2007 will apply from that date. As a result, it is necessary for national legislation to be updated and amended accordingly.

The Agency wrote to interested parties on 12 March 2008, and this letter, along with the draft Statutory Instrument, can be found at the link below.

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