Several members have asked if there are any further updates on the labelling derogations for the use of substitute oils for rapeseed oil. We are assured that the FSA and Defra are looking at labelling legislation and understand the ongoing need for flexibility. We have been informed this morning that they have been weighing up options and risk, including from a legal perspective, and now believe they have reached a shared conclusion whilst bearing in mind their overarching obligation to ensure consumers are not misled.
We are reminded that a four-country solution is needed and as such, further discussions are taking place with Scotland and NI before issuing any official guidance which will hopefully be next week.
We will keep members updated as soon as we know more.