Regulating unusual foodstuffs

Are regulators keeping pace with the ever-expanding online marketplace in food products?

This article was originally written by Anne Marie Taylor for LexisNexis (July 2015) and discusses the legislation surrounding the sale of unusual food products and to what extent it is enforced.

What regulation is in place around the sale of unusual food products, such as breast milk which hit the headlines recently?

A huge range of legislation exists to control the sale of unusual food products in the UK, from specialist food law which aims to prevent unsafe or misrepresented food reaching the consumer in the first place, to general consumer protection legislation which gives consumers rights and remedies if it does.

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Regulating unusual foodstuffs


This information is intended as a general discussion surrounding the topics covered and is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be regarded as a substitute for taking legal advice. DWF is not responsible for any activity undertaken based on this information.

Dominic Watkins

Partner - Head of Food Group

I am Head of DWF’s internationally renowned food sector group as well as being Head of Regulatory in London.