General Food Law of the EU – Amman, 29 November 2010 Wolf Maier, DG Health and Consumers, EU Commission. The EU Market. The EU is a Success Story Single Market with 500 Million citizens, Economic stability, 70% of trade intra-EU, Harmonisation of rules and standards; The EU is a nightmare
Amman, 29 November 2010
Wolf Maier, DG Health and Consumers, EU Commission
The EU is a Success Story
Single Market with 500 Million citizens,
Economic stability, 70% of trade intra-EU,
Harmonisation of rules and standards;
The EU is a nightmare
27 countries, 21 Languages,
Diverse traditions expectations and economies,
100.000s food businesses,
By far the biggest importer and exporter of food worldwide;
Risks must be managed.
… we have two key commitments:
… and we have two key pieces of legislation:
Article 1 – Broad scopeApplies to all stages of production, processing and distribution of food and feed (except primary production).
Article 5 – High level of protectionFood law shall pursue a high level of protection of human life and health and the protection of consumers' interests.
Articles 9/10 – Transparency
Public consultation, public information.
Article 14 / 15 – Objectives, not measures
Unsafe food and feed must not be placed on the market.
Article 17 – Responsibility and liability Operators are responsible for safety and are liable for the products under their control. Penalties must be dissuasive.
Article 18 – Traceability
All food, feed and animals: One step up, one step down.
Article 20 – Recall
Operators must recall if they have ‘reason to believe’ that products are unsafe. Recalls must be reported to authorities.
Article 11 - Imports
Food and feed imported into the Community complies with food law or conditions recognised as equivalent.
Article 12 - Exports
Food and feed exported shall comply with the food law.
Coherent rules for all authorities:
Adequate staff, resource, training.
Accredited labs, international standards.
Risk-based controls in all sectors
based on multi-annual control plans.
peer review through COM and MS.
delegation of official inspection is possible.
Chaired by the Commission (Art 58 Reg 178)
Trust is a result of
Permanent controls and audits;
Transparency and peer pressure;
Robust dispute settlement mechanisms;
Efficient crisis management.