New Regulation on Food for Specific Groups begins to apply today

The new Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council begins to apply today (although sell-through is permitted). It sets general compositional and labelling requirements, which aim to protect vulnerable groups such as infants and children up to 3 years of age, overweight or obese people and people with specific medical conditions. The Regulation requires the Commission to adopt, through delegated acts, specific compositional and labelling rules for:

·         Infant and follow-on formula

·         Processed-cereal based food and other baby food

·         Food for special medical purposes

·         Total diet replacement for weight control

 It also envisages a single EU list of substances that can be added to such foods, as well as a consolidation of rules on gluten-free foods under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 and meal replacement products for weight control under Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.