Last updated on 27 August 2009

Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009: Guidance

Informal summary of The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009 to help explain the scope of the Regulations as well as the offences and penalties specified in them.

This Guidance Note provides informal guidance to The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009 (Statutory Instrument 2009 No. 1223) and should be read in conjunction with the pertinent EU legislation, including European Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006 as amended, as well as Commission Regulation (EC) No. 124/2009 and the accompanying Regulation on Sampling and Analysis for Official Controls.

The purpose of The Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2009 is to ensure that enforcement authorities within England have powers by which to impose the requirements of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1881/2006, as amended, and also the requirements of Commission Regulation 124/2009, setting maximum levels for the presence of coccidiostats or histomonostats in food resulting from the unavoidable carry-over of these substances in non-targeted feed.

Similar regulations will apply in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Copies of the Regulations are available from The Stationery Office or you can read them online on the Office of Public Sector Information site.