On 20 July 2016, Directive 2009/39/EC on foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS) was repealed, as were certain labelling rules that were no longer needed. The PARNUTS Directive was replaced by Regulation (EU) 609/2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control (Foods for Special Groups, or FSG). This change of legislation, from PARNUTS to FSG, has had far-reaching consequences on certain foods, with some of the issues still unresolved.
Expert speakers from the Food Standards Agency, the Department of Health, Berry Ottaway & Associates Ltd, Legal Foods and the British Specialist Nutrition Association gave an overview of the changes that have occurred to the legislation and the implications this has had on the categorisation, labelling and legal compliance of particular food types.
The programme discussed why the change from PARNUTS to FSG came about and what it actually means. It looked at the effects of this change on meal replacements for weight control, sports products, follow-on foods for young children and gluten-free foods and labelling. It also considered the enforcement aspects, and in particular the introduction of Improvement Notices (in England) for non-compliance of the FSG labelling and composition rules.