EU's food safety regulatory system
European Union has gradually developed a General Food Law, Food Sanitation Law and more than 20 other food safety regulations to coordinate the food safety regulatory system in European Union so that it has created a strong legal system.
European Union has also developed a series of food safety regulatory requirements, including animal and plant disease control, control of drug residues, food production hygienic practices, good laboratory testing, access to imported food control, the exporting country’s official veterinary certificate requirement, the official monitoring of food and so on.
European Union released The EU White Paper on Food Safety in 2000. Furthermore, it formally established the European Food Quality and Safety Authority (EFSA) in January 28, 2002, issued Directive No. 178/2002, which provides the basic principles and requirements concerning food safety regulations and procedures.
European Food Safety Authority consists of the Management Committee, Executive Officer, the Advisory Forum, Scientific Committee and eight specialized scientific panels. Based on the principles of independence, being scientific and transparency, EFSA has the following characteristics: guided by the most advanced science, free from the industrial and political interests, and with rigorous assessment known to public.
At present the EU food quality and safety control policy is based primarily on EU Food Law. The EU White Paper on Food Safety points out that the main objective of the EU food law is food quality safety. EU food law is based on controlling the whole process - from farm to table-, including the general animal husbandry methods, animal health and health care, contaminants and pesticide residues, new food, additives, flavor, packaging, radiation, feed production, responsibility of farmers and food producer, as well as various agricultural measures.
Very much can be found and downloaded from Internet, for instance: the EU website, WTO, Codex Alimentarius Commission ,
Also: General principles of food law - European Food Safety Authority - Procedures for food safety
EU Food Legislation
EU legislation: General Food Law
EU buyer requirement: Traceability of food
b) Parts directy concerned to products mentioned in this website:
Fusarium toxines in Cereal based products like instant (wheat noodles): Every food product into the EU must be according EU food regulations. For wheat products I can be asked to prove the used wheat flour has NO CONTAMINATION above EU levels ( see EU 1881 �C 2006 ) =
Ochratoxine (OTA) ������: < 3,0 ug/kg
Deoxynivalenol (DON)�����: < 750 ug/kg
Zearalenon (ZEA) ����� : < 75 ug/kg
Contaminants are substances that have not been intentionally added to food. These substances may be present in food as a result of the various stages of its production, packaging, transport or holding. They also might result from environmental contamination. Since contamination generally has a negative impact on the quality of food and may imply a risk to human health, the EU has taken measures to minimise contaminants in foodstuffs.
Community measures have been taken for the following contaminants: mycotoxins (aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, fusarium-toxins, patulin), metals (cadmium, lead, mercury ,inorganic tin), dioxins and PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), 3-MCPD and nitrates).
The European Commission has published a factsheet on food contaminants "Managing food contaminants: how the EU ensures that our food is safe".
Health Claims Regulation - How To Proceed Further ?
Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 (the Regulation) contains conclusive rules regarding nutrition and health claims made about foods. Nutrition and health claims can only be made in commercial communications if they comply with the general and specific rules of the Regulation. As a general rule, nutrition and health claims are only permitted if they are substantiated by generally accepted scientific evidence.
Replacing Azo Dyes - Implications for Food Manufacturers to EU:see EU Regulation 1333/2008 of July 2008, coming into effect 20 July 2010
EU Regulation 1333/2008 requires that the synthetic azo dyes, otherwise known as the �Southampton Six�: sunset yellow (E110), quinoline yellow (E104), carmoisine (E122), allura red (E129), tartrazine (E102), and Ponceau 4R (E124) be labelled by their common names or E numbers in the list of ingredients along with the following warning statement: "may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children".
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