The FSA are reminding businesses that the 36-month adjustment period allowing food businesses to continue to apply labels containing the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark to products of animal origin (POAO) in Great Britain will come to an end on the 31 December 2023.
During the 36-month adjustment period which has been running, it has been possible for approved food businesses to use existing stocks of labels, wrapping and packaging bearing the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark (ID Mark) for products being placed on the GB market, but by 31st December 2023, approved food businesses should be compliant. Applying labels, wrapping, and packaging materials that carry the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark after this date will be unlawful.
Any products that have the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark applied before the 1st January 2024 will be allowed to remain on the market. There is no requirement for products bearing the ‘UK/EC’ identification mark, that are already on the market or in storage to be re-labelled from 1 January 2024.
The FSA will be amending its ‘Guidance on health and identification marks that apply from 1 January 2021’ webpage in due course.