FOOD SAFETY

This Regulation seeks ‘to establish a harmonised Union framework for the organisation of official controls, and official activities other than official controls, along the entire agri-food chain, taking into account the rules on official controls laid down in Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and in relevant sectoral legislation, and the experience gained from the application of those rules’ [Recital n. 20].

Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 ‘guarantees consumers their right to adequate information by establishing the general principles, requirements and responsibilities for the labelling of foodstuffs they consume. It provides sufficient flexibility to respond to future developments in the food sector. It merges the previous legislation, Directives 2000/13/EC on the labelling of foodstuffs and 90/496/EEC on nutritional labelling’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

‘This regulation aims to ensure a high level of food safety and public health. It complements Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs, whose rules mainly cover the approval of operators in the sector. The regulation’s rules apply to unprocessed and processed products of animal origin. They generally do not apply to food that contains both products of plant origin and processed products of animal origin. European Union (EU) countries must register and, where necessary, approve establishments handling products of animal origin’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

‘The Regulation and its annexes define a set of food safety objectives that firms working with food must meet’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

The Regulation ‘strengthens the rules on the safety of food and feed in the EU. It also sets up the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which provides support for the scientific testing and evaluation of food and feed. The Regulation does not cover primary production for private domestic use or the handling of food at home’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

‘A series of crises concerning human food and animal feed (BSE, dioxin etc.) has exposed weaknesses in the design and application of food legislation within the EU. This has led the Commission to include the promotion of a high level of food safety among its policy priorities over the next few years. As was stressed at the Helsinki European Council in December 1999, particular attention must be focused on improving quality standards and reinforcing systems of checks throughout the food chain, from farm to table. The White Paper on food safety is an important element in this strategy. The Commission is proposing a number of measures which will enable food safety to be organised in a more coordinated and integrated manner (…)’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

‘The aim of this Green Paper is to: examine the extent to which the legislation is meeting the needs and expectations of consumers, producers, manufacturers and traders; consider how the measures to reinforce the independence and objectivity, equivalence and effectiveness of the official systems for the control and inspection of foodstuffs are fulfilling their objectives; invite a public debate on our food legislation to provide guidance to the Commission in its future legislative initiative on food, and accordingly; enable the Commission to propose measures allowing, wherever possible, to improve the protection of public health laid down in its measures for the internal market and the common agricultural policy, improve the coherence of Community food law, consolidate and simplify it, improve the operation of the internal market, and take into account the increasingly, important external dimension, notably the policies followed by our most advanced trading partners and the requirements of the WTO agreements (…)’ [Source: http://eur-lex.europa.eu].

‘The purpose of the provisions of this Directive is to ensure that products placed on the market are safe’ [Article 1].