EU to Implement New Regulation on Food for Specific Groups (FSG)

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EU to Implement New Regulation on Food for Specific Groups (FSG)

September 20
10:20 2013
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On 12 June 2013 the European Parliament and the Council of the
European Union adopted Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 (1) on food
intended for infants and young children, food for special medical
purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control (‘Food for Specific
This regulation will apply from 20 July 2016 and aims to provide a better environment for
businesses, improve the application of rules, and to better protect consumers on the content
and marketing of these “special” food products. The new Regulation will repeal Directive
2009/39/EC and abolish the current concept of dietetic foods.
Amendments to the PARNUTs Directive
Historically, special dietetic foods have been legislated for by the European Framework
Directive on Foods for Particular Nutritional Uses (also called ‘PARNUTs foods’), which was
first laid down in 1989, amended in 1999 and updated in 2009. The new Regulation (EU) No
609/2013 is referred to in shorthand as the Regulation on ‘Foods for Specific Groups’ and,
until this new Regulation comes into force, the 2009 PARNUTs Directive (2009/39/EC) shall
continue to apply. A three year transition period started in July 2013 and will end in July
The new Regulation on Foods for Specific Groups will repeal not only the PARNUTs
Framework Directive, but also each of the specialist PARNUTs Directives and associated
pieces of legislation. Main points of the regulation include (2):
– Strengthen provisions on foods for vulnerable population groups that need particular
protection e.g. infants and children up to 3 years old , overweight or obese people and
people with specific medical conditions e.g. people with metabolism disorders;
– Set general compositional and labeling rules for infant and follow-on formulae, processed
cereal-based foods and other baby foods, foods for special medical purposes and total diet
replacement for weight control;
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– Require the Commission to adopt through delegated acts specific compositional and
labeling rules for:
(a) Infant and follow-on formulae;
(b) Processed-cereal based foods and other baby foods;
(c) Foods for special medical purposes and
(d) Total diet replacement for weight control.
– Replace the current 3 lists with a single Union list of substances that can be added to these
foods including minerals and vitamins;
– Require the Commission to transfer rules on gluten-free foods and very low gluten under
Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on food information for consumers in order to ensure clarity
and consistency;
– Require the Commission to transfer rules and regulate meal replacement for weight control
solely under Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims in order to ensure
legal certainty.
As with all foods, special foods for specific groups must comply with relevant legislation
covering hygiene, labeling, including nutritional labeling, additives, contaminants, weights
and measures, nutrition and health claims and advertising.
(1) Regulation (EU) No 609/2013
(2) EU Legislation on dietetic foods/Food for Specific Groups (FSG)
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