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Changing rules on flour imports

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

The UK Bread and Flour Regulations, which lay down labelling and compositional standards for bread and flour, have been amended last year to reflect the UK’s exit from the European Union.

As of October 1, 2022, businesses importing non-wholemeal flour in the UK will need to make sure that flour complies with the composition rules laid out in the Regulations (i.e. calcium, iron, niacin and thiamine will need to be added in specific amounts).

The rules apply to non-wholemeal flour that will be placed, as such, on the UK market, or used to manufacture products sold in the UK. Rules apply even if you import flour from the EU into Great Britain that originally came from a non-EU country.

Manufacturers can continue to make products in Great Britain with unfortified, non-wholemeal wheat flour from October 1 if the flour was both legally imported from the EU AND imported at any time before that date.

We know importers have questions on the impending changes (exemptions, organic, definitions, etc.) which is why we have tried to answer as many of these in a Q&A section that can be accessed here.

Should you need further clarifications please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Costigliola.


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