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Caseins and Caseinates

EU legislation

Directive (EU) 2015/2203 (OJ L 314, p1, 01.12.2015) of 1 December 2015 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to certain lactoproteins (caseins and caseinates) intended for human consumption.

Implementing measures

Commission Regulation (EC) No 760/2008 (OJ L 205, p22, 01.08.2008) of 31 July 2008 (NO LONGER IN FORCE) laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards authorisations for the use of casein and caseinates in the manufacture of cheeses

National legislation

  • European Communities (Caseins and Caseinates) Regulations, 1985 (S.I. No. 248 of 1985)
  • European Communities (Caseins and Caseinates) (Methods of Sampling and Analysis) Regulations, 1987 (S.I. No. 123 of 1987)

The purpose of S.I. No. 248 of 1985 to give effect to Council Directive 83/417/EEC relating to:

  1. the composition and manufacturing characteristics of caseins and caseinates intended for human consumption within the community either as such or incorporated in another foodstuff
  2. the labelling and marking of edible caseins, caseinates and mixtures thereof in moving in trade within the Community.

The words 'edible acid casein', 'edible rennet casein' and 'edible caseinates' are reserved descriptions. It is unlawful to use them for any product unless it complies with the prescribed heat-treatment process and technological adjuvants and bacterial cultures.

The purpose of S.I. No. 123 of 1987 is to give effect to Commission Directives 85/503/EEC and 86/424/EEC on the approximation of laws of the Member States relating to the methods of sampling for the chemical analysis of edible caseins and caseinates. These Directives lay down Community methods of analysis and establish sampling procedures which must be followed when testing edible caseins and caseinates, as provided for by Directive 83/417/EEC (NO LONGER IN FORCE).