S.I. No. 184/1981 - European Communities (Preservatives in Food) (Purity Criteria) Regulations, 1981.

S.I. No. 184 of 1981.


The Minister for Health, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 3 of the European Communities Act, 1972 (No. 27 of 1972), hereby makes the following Regulations:—

1. These Regulations may be cited as the European Communities (Preservatives in Food) (Purity Criteria) Regulations, 1981.

2. These Regulations shall come into operation on the 1st day of June, 1981.

3. (1) In these Regulations—

"the Council Directive" means Council Directive 65/66/EEC 1 as amended by Council Directives 67/428/EEC 2 and 76/463/EEC 3.

(2) In these Regulations words and phrases shall have the same meaning as in the Council Directive.

4. Subject to article 7 of these Regulations, no preservative shall be manufactured, prepared, imported, distributed or sold in the State unless such preservative complies with the specific purity criteria applicable to that preservative in the Council Directive.

5. A person who contravenes these Regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding £50 for each day the offence is continued.

1 Official Journal of the European Communities 9/2/65, No. 373/65 (Pages 21 to 28).

2 Official Journal of the European Communities 11/7/67, No. 148/10 (Pages 43 to 44).

3 Official Journal of the European Communities 14/5/76, No. L126 (Pages 33 to 36).

6. These Regulations shall be enforced in the functional area of a health board by the health board.

7. These Regulations shall not apply to preservatives for export or re-export.

GIVEN under the Official Seal of the Minister for Health this 18th dayof May, 1981.


Minister for Health.


The Regulations, which come into operation on 1st June, 1981, prescribe specific purity criteria for preservatives which may be used in foodstuffs for human consumption.

The Regulations implement Directive 65/66/EEC as amended by Directives 67/428/EEC and 76/463/EEC.