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London, 10th December 2018 – Dairy UK and the Provision Trade Federation (PTF) have today launched two new industry Codes of Practice on compositional standards for cheeses and creams.

Dairy UK and the PTF have today announced the launch of two new Codes of Practice on the compositional standards for cheeses and creams. These Codes carry forward standards from a number of UK regulations which will be revoked on 13th December 2018.

The Codes will provide an authoritative reference guide for industry once the current regulations have lapsed, and will ensure that the quality of cheeses and creams produced in the UK remains high.

The Codes of Practice not only carry forward the provisions contained in UK law, but also include new standards on reduced fat and half fat options, reflecting consumer demand for such products.

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive of Dairy UK commented: “These Codes of Practice allow us to maintain our high standards and ensure a continuity in the rules on compositional standards. These codes will ultimately protect consumers in the UK, ensuring that the cheese and cream they buy continues to be of the highest quality.”

Andrew Kuyk CBE, Director General of the PTF said: “The market for dairy is continuing to evolve. These codes give us the means to inform and reassure consumers as to the nature and quality of the products they are buying – as well as helping us to maintain the high standards they have come to expect of us”.

The Codes will apply from the 13th of December 2018, when the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 will be revoked.


Dairy UK is a trade association that represents the interests of producer co-ops, milk processors, dairy farmers and bottle milk buyers. For more information

Sophie Clarke, Dairy UK
0207 025 405 1484

The Provision Trade Federation is the Trade Association representing companies who trade or manufacture provisions such as dairy products, cheese, butter, milk powders, yogurt and other short life dairy desserts; bacon, ham and seafood. Visit

Sian Oliver-Gay, Senior Trade Manager
0207 253 2114