Latest Food Legislation Countdown for 2022/ 2023

New requirements: This page is a summary of legal labelling and regulatory changes coming into effect in 2022/ 2023Scope of products affected: pre-packed food and drink products sold in the UK market. It affects products imported for sale in the UK, food produced in the UK, foods produced in the UK and exported to the EU.Effective dates: Dates when the requirements are in force.Links: provided so you can keep up to date with the latest developments from the original sources.

Prenotification of Products of Animal Origin

New requirements: Prenotification of UK Imports on IPAFFs for products originating from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Products affected: Products of Animal Origin (POAO) Products, Composite Foods, Animal by products, High Risk Foods Not of Animal Origin (HRFNAO) imported into the UK.Effective date: 1st January 2022.Links: The Borders with the European Union (page 8)POAO Under safeguard measures- effective 1st January 2021Composite Products of Animal Origin- Prenotification criteriaImport Controls by DEFRA


This requirement is currently in force.

Organic Food and Drinks - EU Regulations 2018/ 848 Legislation and Equivalency agreement requirements 

New requirements: 1. According to EU Regulations 2018/ 848: 3rd Countries (applies to the UK) can apply the EU Organic logo voluntarily. Where the choice is made to apply the EU Organic Logo there must be full compliance with EU Labelling Requirements.2. According to EU Regulations 2018/ 848: Natural Flavourings used in Organic Products must meet minimum composition requirements. A minimum of 95% of the flavouring must originate from the 'natural' source.3. According to the Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) all Organic Products exported to the EU must have undergone final processing in the UK or EU.Products affected: Organic Food and Drink products produced in the UK and sold in the EU.Effective date: 1st January 2022.Links: 1 &2. EU Regulation 2018/ 848 on organic production and labelling of organic products3. Trade Cooperation Agreement between UK and EU Appendix 14A & 14B, page 1158-1159



These requirements are currently in force.

UK announces 35% tariff for UK imports of Russian food and drink products

New requirements: A new 35% tariff will be imposed on a range of goods including food and drinks imported into the UK from Russia, on top of existing tariffs.Products affected (this list is not extensive): Vodka, Oils, Seafood, fish, vinegar, cereals.Effective date: Week commencing 21st March 2022Links: Seafood, Vodka & fish, Vinegar, White fish & cereals, DEFRA

Dates of enforcement began w/c 21st March 2022.

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Titanium Dioxide (E171) Banned for use in EU and NI markets (only)THIS BAN DOES NOT APPLY TO PRODUCTS SOLD IN THE UK.

Products affected: all food and drink where titanium dioxide is used as an ingredient.New requirements: Titanium dioxide is banned for use in the EU and NI and cannot be used as an ingredient in food and drink products after 7th August 2022. Products placed on the on the market up until 7th August 2022 can remain on the market until their date of minimum durability has expired.Effective date: 8th August 2022.Transition period: 7th February 2022- 7th August 2022. Links: COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2022/63 Page 4, Article 2EFSAs Risk Assessment of Titanium Dioxide published in May 2021Goodbye E171: The EU bans titanium dioxide as a food additiveThe Food Standards Agency confirmed Titanium Dioxide ban applies to EU and NI only.

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Organic Food and Drinks - Labelling Updates (applies to products produced in, and sold in the UK market only)

New requirements: 1. UK produced Organic Products must apply GB Agricultural Origin Statements to Labelling for products sold in the UK.2. Organic products must contain a minimum of 95% Organic agricultural raw materials to be labelled as Organic or refer to organic production methods on labelling.3. References to the region can be applied where the organic raw materials are 98% and above in the finished product. "For example, milk from Northern Ireland can be labelled as ‘Northern Irish Agriculture’, or Welsh lamb can be labelled as ‘Welsh Agriculture’."Products affected: Organic Food and Drink Labelling produced in the UK, sold in the UK only.Effective date: 30th September 2022.Links: Organic Food- Labelling and Advertising Rules by DEFRA

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HFSS- High in Fat Sugar Sodium Foods sold in the UK
UPDATE: Advertising for Volume Buying has now been postponed until 2023.Placement restrictions still to be implemented for October 2022

Products affected: Prepacked food and drink in the following categories will be in scope of the restrictions: soft drinks, cakes, chocolate confectionery, sugar confectionery, ice cream, morning goods (for example pastries), puddings, sweet biscuits, breakfast cereals, yoghurts, milk-based drinks with added sugar, juice based drinks with added sugar, pizza, ready meals, meal centres, including breaded and battered products, crisps and savoury snacks, chips and similar potato products.The restrictions will also apply to free refills of sugar-sweetened drinks in the out-of-home sector (for example restaurants, coffee shops etc).New requirements: All foods sold in the UK market with a score of 4 and above, and all drinks with a score 1 and above will be subject to location/ placement restrictions in online or physical stores.Exemptions for restrictions apply for businesses with less than 50 employees, stores smaller than 200 square feet and that sell one type of food product category.Effective date: October 2022.Links: Promotions of unhealthy food restricted from 2022Consultation Outcome for Restricting Products HFSS by location and PriceThe Nutrient Profiling ModelProduct placement restrictions still apply for October 2022

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Address requirements for Foods Imported into the UK 

New requirement: Imported Foods and Drinks must have a UK address on food labelling for products sold on the UK market.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Transition period: 1st January 2021- 30th September 2022.Links: Regulations for Food and Feed Safety

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Health Mark and Identification Marks for UK Food manufacturers

New requirement: New UK Health Marks and UK Identification Marks must be applied to Food Labels by UK Food Businesses for products sold on the UK market.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Transition period: 1st January 2021- 30th September 2022.Links: Guidance on health and identification marks that apply from 1st January 2021

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Country of Origin Labelling for UK Food Manufacturers

New requirement: Origin statements for products manufactured and sold in the UK can no longer be described as originating in the EU on food and drink labelling. This change has arisen because the UK is no longer part of the EU. Options for wording for single origin and multiple origin for honeys, blends of honey, and minced meats and can be found using this link.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Transition period: 1st January 2021- 30th September 2022.Links: Food Labelling: Country of OriginFood Standards: Labelling and Composition

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Milk and Milk Products sold in the UK

New requirement: Products intended for sale in the UK must meet compositional requirements laid out in The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) 2008.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Links: The Food (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) England Regulations 2021The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) 2008

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Spreadable Fats sold in the UK

New requirement: Products intended for sale in the UK must meet compositional requirements laid out in The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) 2008.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Links: The Food (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) England Regulations 2021The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) and Milk and Milk Products (Protection of Designations) (England) 2008

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Jam and Similar Products 

New requirement: Products intended for sale in the UK must meet compositional requirements laid out in the The Jam and Similar Products (England) Regulations 2003.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Links: The Food (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) England Regulations 2021.The Jam and Similar Products (England) Regulations 2003.

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Bread and Flour Products

New requirement: Products intended for sale in the UK must meet compositional requirements laid out in the The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Links: The Food (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) England Regulations 2021The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998

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Products Containing Meat Products

New requirement: Products intended for sale in the UK must meet compositional requirements laid out in the The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998.Effective Date: 1st October 2022.Links: The Food (Amendment and Transitional Provisions) England Regulations 2021The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998

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HFSS- High in Fat Sugar Sodium Foods sold in the UK
UPDATE: Advertising restrictions for volume buying to be implemented for 2023

Products affected: Prepacked food and drink in the following categories will be in scope of the restrictions: soft drinks, cakes, chocolate confectionery, sugar confectionery, ice cream, morning goods (for example pastries), puddings, sweet biscuits, breakfast cereals, yoghurts, milk-based drinks with added sugar, juice based drinks with added sugar, pizza, ready meals, meal centres, including breaded and battered products, crisps and savoury snacks, chips and similar potato products.The restrictions will also apply to free refills of sugar-sweetened drinks in the out-of-home sector (for example restaurants, coffee shops etc).New requirements: All foods sold in the UK market with a score of 4 and above, and all drinks with a score 1 and above will be subject to advertising restrictions.Exemptions for restrictions apply for businesses with less than 50 employees, stores smaller than 200 square feet and that sell one type of food product category.Effective date: end 2023.Links: Promotions of unhealthy food restricted from 2022Consultation Outcome for Restricting Products HFSS by location and PriceThe Nutrient Profiling ModelAdvertising for volume buying to be implemented in 2023




Date of enforcement - end 2023

Documentation and Border Checks EU to GB Imports of POAO- Phase 1

New requirements: Documentation and Border checks required.Products affected: Animal by products, Meat and Meat Products, High Risk Foods Not of Animal Origin.Effective date: end 2023Links: UK Government Announcement- postponing implementation date to 2023.The Borders with the European Union (page 8), published December 2021The Border Operating Model will be updated soon. The link above is for the current version.


Date of enforcement - end 2023

Documentation and Border Checks EU to GB Imports of POAO- Phase 2

New requirements: Documentation and Border checks required.Products affected: Dairy productsEffective date: end 2023.Links: UK Government Announcement- postponing implementation dateto 2023.Links: The Borders with the European Union (page 8), published December 2021The Border Operating Model will be updated soon. The link above is for the current version.


Date of enforcement - end 2023

Documentation and Border Checks EU to GB Imports of POAO- Phase 3

New requirements: Documentation and Border checks required.Products affected: Remaining regulated products of animal origin, including composite and fish products. Effective date: end 2023.Links: UK Government Announcement- postponing implementation date to 2023.The Borders with the European Union (page 8), published December 2021The Border Operating Model will be updated soon. The link above is for the current version.


Date of enforcement - end 2023

Organic Foods Imported into the UK

Products affected: All organic products imported from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to Great Britain.New requirements- All organic products imported from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to Great Britain will require a GB COI. (GB COI- Great Britain Certificate of Inspection).Effective date: end 2023.Links: Importing and Exporting Organic Food DEFRA

Date of enforcement - end 2023

Last updated: 08th June 2022
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