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Brexit and food labelling part 2: Challenges, deadlines, and potential future divergences

4th June 2020


Brexit and food labelling part 2: Challenges, deadlines, and potential future divergences

Seven months out until the end of the transition period, the uncertainty of timing and potential short timescales are a concern for many UK and EU businesses, as they prepare to update food and beverage labelling for Brexit.

No material changes will occur in the EU or UK until the end of the transition period, which is currently scheduled for 31st December 2020. 

 

You can read the full article HERE

 

Food Labelling Services comments:

The UK government is stating that there are no plans to extend the transition period, even though the corona virus has delayed potential trade discussions with the EU and other countries, and that it will conclude on 31st December 2020. If there is an extension, it has to be declared by 1st  July 2020. This gives little time for companies to re-design any artworks, have them compliance checked, printed and start production with the amended artwork - particularly in an environment when many companies have staff furloughed due to the corona virus, and are working with skeleton crews. 
However, goods lawfully placed on the market in the EU or UK before the end of the transition period will be able to be circulated between the 2 markets. This is defined as products that have been shipped before 1st January 2021. This however does not include the movement of live animals, or animal products. 
The challenge ahead is to manage stock levels and to try to get guidance on the border checks so as not to prevent any barriers to trade. 

It is predicted thathtere will be little change to much of the EU law that is transcribed into UK law, as the UK has been an influencing body in developing of a significant proportion of food law.



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