Bulletin of the IDF No. 397/2005 – The Codex General Standard for the Use of Dairy Terms – Its nature, intent and implications

Bulletin of the IDF No. 397/2005


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Nutritional value, functional properties and sensory characteristics of dairy products contribute to the good market position they enjoy. But cheaper imitations can also be lucrative and it is important that the consumer is not misled by misuse of dairy names. The objective of the Codex General Standard on the Use of Dairy Terms is to deter-mine where, when and how dairy terms may be used and where they may not. This issue of the Bulletin of IDF provides information on the nature, intent and possible implications of the GSUDT in the context of national, regional and international trade, including its status in relation to the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement (TBT).

The principles of the application of dairy terms are discussed, with examples, in relation to milk products, composite milk products and other foods. Their application to milk products with modi?ed com-position (for example, fat reduced, protein enriched, etc) is also cov-ered, with examples. The text of the Codex GSUDT is included as an appendix. Throughout the text reference is also made to the relevant provisions of the Codex General Standard for Labelling Prepackaged Foods (GSLPF).

This report is intended for legislators working on labelling matters in the national context, the regional context and the international context as well as for legal specialists in food companies and in trade associations concerned with these issues.

Keywords: advertising, butter, cheese, Codex, coffee whiteners, con-densed milk, cream, dairy, dried milk, evaporated milk, food legisla-tion, GSLPF, labelling, low-fat, milk, milk powder, milk products, TBT, WTO, yoghurt

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Bulletin of the IDF No. 397/2005