Europäisches Lebensmittelrecht

The General Principles of Food Law (Articles 5 to 10) entered into force on 21 February 2002 and must be followed when measures are taken. Existing food law principles and procedures must be adapted by 1 January 2007 in order to comply with the general framework established by Regulation EC/178/2002

General Objectives

The food law aims at ensuring a high level of protection of human life and health, taking into account the protection of animal health and welfare, plant health and the environment. This integrated "farm to fork" approach is now considered a general principle for EU food safety policy.

Food law, both at national and EU level, establishes the rights of consumers to safe food and to accurate and honest information. The EU food law aims to harmonise existing national requirements in order to ensure the free movement of food and feed in the EU.

The food law recognises the EU's commitment to its international obligations and will be developed and adapted taking international standards into consideration, except where this might undermine the high level of consumer protection pursued by the EU.

Risk Analysis
The Regulation establishes the principles of risk analysis in relation to food and establishes the structures and mechanisms for the scientific and technical evaluations which are undertaken by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) was established following the adoption of Regulation (EC) 178/2002. This Regulation set out the general principles and requirements of food law. 

SCFCAH has eight sections  - General Food Law;
Biological Safety of the Food Chain;
Toxicological Safety of the Food Chain;
Controls and Import Conditions;
Animal Nutrition;
Genetically modified Food and Feed and Environmental Risk (2004);
Animal Health and Animal Welfare;

* Standing Committee on Plant Health (SCPH)

* Standing Committee on Propagating Material and Ornamental Plants (SCPOP)

* Standing Committee on Fruit Plants (SCFP)

* Standing Committee on Agricultural, Horticultural and Forestry Seeds and Plants (SCPS)

* Standing Committee on Community Plant Variety Rights (SCPVR)

* Standing Committee on Zootechnics (SCZ)


 ARCHIVE of the Standing Committee on Foodstuffs (2000 - 2001)

ARCHIVE of the Standing Committee on Plant Health (1997 - 2002)

ARCHIVE of the Standing Committee on Animal Nutrition (1997 - 2002)

ARCHIVE of the Standing Veterinary Committee (1997 - 2002)


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