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Food Safety & Public Health

Food Legislation

European Legislation:

Overview European Legislation on Food: ec.europa.eu



The Hygiene package comprises:

H1: Regulation (EC) 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs. (EN)

H2: Regulation (EC) 853/2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin. (EN) (consolidated version)

H3: Regulation (EC) 854/2004 laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption. (EN)
(consolidated version)

H4: Directive 2002/99/EC laying down the animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption. (EN)

H5: Directive 2004/41/EC Repealing certain Directives concerning food hygiene and health conditions for the production and placing on the market of certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption and amending Council Directives 89/662/EEC and 92/118/EEC and Council decision 95/408/EC. (EN)

Framework Regulations:

Regulation (EC) 178/2002 of European Parliament and of Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (EN)

Regulation (EC) 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. (EN)

Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 Regulation on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs and feed production. (EN)

Regulation (EC) 1774/2002 of the European Parliament and the Council laying down health rules concerning animal by-products not intended for human consumption (EN)

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Implementation Measures/Amendments:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1688/2005 implementing Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards special guarantees concerning salmonella for consignments to Finland and Sweden of certain meat and eggs

Commission Regulation (EC) No 776/2006 amending Annex VII to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards Community reference laboratories

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1441/2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 laying down implementing measures for certain products under Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 and for the organisation of official controls under Regulations (EC) Nos 854/2004 and 882/2004, derogating from Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 and amending Regulations (EC) Nos 853/2004 and 854/2004

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1664/2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 as regards implementing measures for certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption and repealing certain implementing measures

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1243/2007 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and the Council laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1244/2007 amending Regulation (EC) No 2074/2005 as regards implementing measures for certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption and laying down specific rules on official controls for the inspection of meat

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2075/2005 laying down specific rules on official controls for Trichinella in meat

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1665/2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 2075/2005 laying down specific rules on official controls for Trichinella in meat

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1245/2007 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 2075/2005, as regards the use of liquid pepsin for the detection of Trichinella in meat

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2076/2005 laying down transitional arrangements for the implementation of Regulations (EC) Nos 853/2004, (EC) Nos 854/2004 and 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Regulations (EC) Nos 853/2004 and 854/2004

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1666/2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 2076/2005 laying down transitional arrangements for the implementation of Regulations (EC) No 853/2004, (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1662/2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1663/2006 amending Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption.

Commission Decision 2006/696/EC laying down a list of third countries from which poultry, hatching eggs, day-old chicks, meat of poultry, ratites and wild game-birds, eggs and egg products and specified pathogen-free eggs may be imported into and transit through the Community and the applicable veterinary certification conditions, and amending Decisions 93/342/EEC, 2000/585/EC and 2003/812/EC.

Commission Decision 2006/765/EC repealing certain implementing acts concerning food hygiene and health conditions for the production and placing on the market of certain products of animal origin intended for human consumption.

Commission Decision 2006/766/EC establishing the lists of third countries and territories from which imports of bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates, marine gastropods and fishery products are permitted.

Commission Decision 2006/767/EC amending Commission Decisions 2003/804/EC and 2003/858/EC, as regards certification requirements for live molluscs and live fish of aquaculture origin and products thereof intended for human consumption.

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006 adapting certain Regulations and Decisions in the fields of free movement of goods, freedom of movement of persons, company law, competition policy, agriculture (including veterinary and phytosanitary legislation), transport policy, taxation, statistics, energy, environment, cooperation in the fields of justice and home affairs, customs union, external relations, common foreign and security policy and institutions, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 180/2008 concerning the Community reference laboratory for equine diseases other than African horse sickness and amending Annex VII to Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council

Guidance Documents + Better Training for safer food:

Commission Decision of 21 May 2007 on Guidelines to assist Members States in preparing the single integrated multi-annual national control plan provided for in Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of (view document).

Guidance document on official controls, under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, concerning microbiological sampling and testing of foodstuffs (view document)

Guidance document on the implementation of articles 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 of Regulation (EC) 178/2002 (view document).

Guidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) 852/2004. Revision 2009 (view document).

Guidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) 853/2004. Revision 2009 (view document).

Guidance document on the implementation of procedures based on the HACCP principes, and on the facilitation of the implementation of HACCP principles in certain food business (view document).

Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Better training for safer food COM(2006) 519 final (view document).

EU enlargement: Questions and Answers on food safety issues (EN).


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Food Decontamination and Irradiation

European Legislation:

Framework Directive 1999/2/EC of the European Parliament and Council on the approximation of the laws of Member States concerning foods and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation. The Directive covers general and technical aspects for carrying out the process, labelling of irradiated foods and conditions for authorising food irradiation.

Implementing Directive 1999/3/EC of the European Parliament and Council on the establishment of a Community list of food and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation. So far, this list of products authorised for irradiation within the whole EU contains only a single food category: "dried aromatic herbs, spices and vegetable seasonings".

Other documents:

As a result of the comments received on the consultation paper, the Commission adopted on 8 August 2001 a Communication on foods and food ingredients authorised for treatment with ionising radiation in the Community (view document).


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Genetically modified Feed and Food

European Legislation:

Overview European Legislation on GM: ec.europa.eu

Other documents:

EFSA statement on the fate of recombinant DNA or proteins in meat, milk and eggs from animals fed with GM feed (view document).


Hormones
European Legislation:

Directive 2003/74/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 96/22/EC concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists.

Directive 96/22/EC of 29 April 1996 concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of ß-agonists, and repealing Directives 81/602/EEC, 88/146/EEC and 88/299/EEC.

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Labelling
European Legislation:

Overview European Legislation on Labeling: ec.europa.eu
Other documents:

DG-SANCO: Labeling: competitiveness, consumer information and better regulation for the EU (view document)

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Zoonoses

European Legislation:

Directive 2003/99/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 17 November 2003 on the monitoring of zoonoses and zoonotic agents,amending Council Decision 90/424/EEC and repealing Council Directive 92/117/EEC

Regulation (EC) No 2160/2003 of the European Parliament and Council of 17 November 2003 on the control of salmonella and other specified food-borne zoonotic agents

Other documents:

EFSA January 2009: The Community summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses and zoonotic agents in the European Union in 2007 (view document).