During the transition period, businesses will be able to trade with the EU on the same terms as before.
Current requirements include:
- General food law
- Food labelling
- Health marks on meat, fish and dairy products
- Importing high-risk food and feed
- Animal feed law, animal feed additives, GM in animal feed
- Third country representation for animal feed businesses
- Novel foods
There are no immediate changes that will come into effect before 1 January 2021 that you need to prepare for.
Get ready for the end of the transition period
The UK exited the EU on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until the end of 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements. EU law continues to apply in the UK during the transition period, including rules on food and feed.
You can take action now to get ready for new rules from January 2021.
At gov.uk/transition answer a few questions to get a personalised list of actions. Then sign up to get email updates when things change.
- Guidance to support businesses changing over to the new identification mark that applies from 1 January 2021, and using the new mark early
- Guidance on health and identification marks that applies from 1 January 2021
- Listing of establishments to export products of animal origin to the EU or move such products to Northern Ireland
- Exporting GM food and animal feed products from 1 January 2021
EU food and animal feed legislation at the end of the transition period
The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 provides that, from 1 January 2021, certain directly applicable EU legislation will be converted into UK law.
The Act provides powers to make corrections to retained EU law, so that it operates effectively as UK law. These corrections have been made by way of statutory instruments (SIs). The FSA EU exit SIs were laid as planned in preparation for the UK leaving the EU on the original date of 29 March 2019. Additional SIs have been laid to keep pace with changing legislation in the EU and to ensure the UK was ready for leaving the EU on 31 January 2020. All exit related SIs are published on legislation.gov.uk, and include ‘EU Exit’ in their title.
How the FSA has prepared for the UK leaving the EU
Leaving the EU has not changed our top priority which is to ensure that UK food remains safe and what it says it is. Our high standard of food safety and consumer protection will be maintained. We are committed to having in place a robust and effective regulatory regime which will mean business can continue as normal. For most food businesses, there will be no change in how they are regulated and how they are run.
Relevant FSA Board meetings
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