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V1017 – Food and Drink Packaging Bill 2016 (Second Reading), TSR Labour Party

Food and Drink Packaging Bill 2016
An Act to help inform consumers of the contents of what they purchase

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: DEFINITIONS
(1) "Packaging" is defined as anything which is used to contain food or drink for the purposes of selling,
as well as labels on food and drink products
(2) "Web description" is defined as the information given about the product on any site which is either selling the product
(3) "Vegetarian" is defined as not containing meat, fish or animal products
(4) "Vegan" is defined as not containing animal products or having been produced with the aid of animal products
(5) "ppm" is an abbreviation of 'parts per million'
(6) "Gluten-free" is defined as containing less than 20ppm or less of gluten
(7) "Halal" is defined as being prepared in accordance to Islamic Law
(8) "Kosher" is defined as being prepared in accordance to Jewish Law

2: FOOD PACKAGING REGULATIONS
(1) If the packaged food product contains meat or animal product all types of meat and animal product must be clearly labeled
a. This includes identifying the type of gelatin if gelatin is used in the product
(2) All food packaging must clearly label if the food product is Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Halal or Kosher
(3) All packaging must feature nutritional labels on the front of the packaging
(4) The nutritional label must show:
a. Energy
b. Fat
c. Saturates
d. Sugars
e. Salt
(5) The nutritional label will use the FSA traffic light rating system with
a. #00FF00 being used for green
b. #FFC200 being used for amber
c. #ff0000 being used for red
(6) 2(1), 2(1)a, 2(2), 2(3), 2(4), 2(4)a-e and 2(5) must also be cleared displayed in the web description of all food products

3: DRINK PACKAGING REGULATIONS
(1) If the packaged drink contains meat or animal products all types of meat and animal products must be clearly labeled
a. This includes identifying the type of gelatin if gelatin is used in the product
b. This includes alcoholic drinks even if they do not have to list all of their ingredients
(2) All drink packaging must clearly label if the food product is Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Halal or Kosher
a. This includes alcoholic drinks even if they do not have to list all of their ingredients
(3) All packaging must feature nutritional labels on the front of the packaging
a. The nutritional label must show the same as on the food packaging, and will also use the green, amber, red colour coding
(4) 3(1), 3(1)a-b, 3(2), 3(2)a, 3(3) and 3(3)a must also be cleared displayed in the drink description of all drink products

4: PUNISHMENT
(1) Companies that do not comply with this will be fined 5% of revenue made on each product which does not comply.
a. This applies to the producing company not the distributing company.

5: EXCEPTIONS
(1) Businesses which make less than £10 Million in revenue per annum are exempt from this bill
(2) Any food or drink products produced before 1st January 2017 are exempt from this bill.

6: COLOUR CODING
Companies shall follow the traffic light rating system set up by the Food Standards Agency.

7: EXTENT, COMMENCEMENT AND SHORT TITLE
(1) This Act extends to the United Kingdom.
(2) The provisions of this Act come into force on the 1st of January 2017.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Food and Drink Packaging Act 2016.


Notes and Changes for Second Reading:
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This bill sets out to help better inform consumers on what exactly they are consuming, by ensuring that all food and drinks are labeled if they are suitable for different dietary/life choices and different religious requirements. This bill however also helps the average consumer who should be informed as best as possible and as easily as possible on what it is they are consuming.

This isn’t about creating a ‘Nanny state’, but about ensuring consumers know what they are buying when they look at something, and so companies can’t hide behind not telling consumers if their products are suitable for different lifestyle and religious diets.

The web description part of the bill ensures this bill is able to help both in-store and online consumers, making sure the bill is suitable for the 21st Century.

The punishment is set at 5% to both be business friendly, but not too low to make avoiding this legislation something a business would be willing to pay simply not to comply. The lower 1.5% for companies which make under £10 Million is to ensure this bill does not unfairly discriminate against smaller businesses and larger ones.

ppm for those unaware such as myself when I wrote this bill means parts per million

Wikipedia article containing a table showing the FSA traffic light rating system table - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffi..._rating_system

Changes for Second Reading
  • Added "gluten free" and "ppm" to the definitions and added the former to the list of things that must be displayed on a product
  • Fixed vegetarian and vegan definitions
  • Added codes for the colours to be used for the traffic light rating system and better defined the system in all parts of the bill, including adding a section just for it
  • Added exceptions to the punishment section or goods produced before January 1st 2017
  • Made it clear the punishment affects the producer not retailer if they are not the same
  • Added to the notes
  • Formatting corrected and standardised
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1 (2) is incomplete, but aye.
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No, it's Labour's favourite thing: pointless regulations.
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Information on what's in the food/drink is already given. This is a pointless bill.
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Information on what's in the food/drink is already given. This is a pointless bill.
Some information is given, but how on earth does that make this bill (which expands on the current law) pointless?

https://www.gov.uk/food-labelling-an...aging/overview
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Some information is given, but how on earth does that make this bill (which expands on the current law) pointless?

https://www.gov.uk/food-labelling-an...aging/overview
So all we get extra is a few more products having nutritional information people don't look at on it, and an unclear traffic light system? Tell us again how this is not regulation for regulation sake?

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So all we get extra is a few more products having nutritional information people don't look at on it, and an unclear traffic light system? Tell us again how this is not regulation for regulation sake?

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Depends where you stand on this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr...alal-meat.html
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Depends where you stand on this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr...alal-meat.html
Let the supermarkets and suppliers be moronic, they're the ones losing money by not making a simple change, eventually one will cotton on and then free market *****es

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Let the supermarkets and suppliers be moronic, they're the ones losing money by not making a simple change, eventually one will cotton on and then free market *****es

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They're not losing money. The free market won't correct this - but we will, right here.
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One postal Abstention has been added for seat 13 (aigar79 for Lime-man).

One double vote has been removed for seat 23 (That Bearded Man for Quamquam123) (–1 Aye).

One double vote has been removed for seat 26 (Birchington for Airmed) (–1 Aye).

One double vote has been removed for seat 33 (TitanCream/MattElves) (–1 Aye).
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Ayes to the right: 29
Noes to the left: 10
Abstentions: 8

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