Eu Food Law And Policy

Overview

To all appearances, Europe is at present undergoing a crisis of consumer confidence with respect to the food industry. Recent food scares, the genetically-modified food controversy, a growing public awareness of the environmental footprint of intensive farming methods, and a perceived threat to the deeply-held European cultural values surrounding diet and cuisine all have combined to expose the vulnerability of consumers in the very ordinary activity of purchasing food. Although the creation of the European Food ...

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Overview

To all appearances, Europe is at present undergoing a crisis of consumer confidence with respect to the food industry. Recent food scares, the genetically-modified food controversy, a growing public awareness of the environmental footprint of intensive farming methods, and a perceived threat to the deeply-held European cultural values surrounding diet and cuisine all have combined to expose the vulnerability of consumers in the very ordinary activity of purchasing food. Although the creation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in February 2002 can be viewed as an EU response to this crisis, it in fact represents an inevitable milestone in a body of food-specific European legislation and case law that has been growing for many years.

The EFSA does, however, clearly establish food law as an autonomous branch of EU law. This is the first book to survey and analyse this body of law in depth, drawing together the relevant laws and cases and taking stock of the trends and likely future developments in this dynamic and emotive area of law and policy.

elucidates the scope of European food law by investigating several avenues and facets of the subject, including the following:
  • its underpinnings in Article 3 of the EC Treaty, on the free movement of goods;
  • the principle of mutual recognition among Member States;
  • case law developments concerning composition of foodstuffs, labelling, sales promotion, advertising, and other aspects of food production and distribution;
  • aims and policies of the January 2000 White Paper on Food Safety issued by the European Commission;
  • appropriate hygiene standards; and
  • authorisation and labelling of GMOs.

Because food is such a central and essential element in society, food law has far-reaching economic, social, and environmental consequences. And because Europe's new food safety regime is intended, by an extraordinary unanimity of Member States and major political groups, to be the most up-to-date and effective in the world, a broad range of legal practitioners and scholars, social scientists, and policymakers will greatly appreciate this thoroughgoing and insightful analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789041121240
  • Publisher: Kluwer Law International, BV
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of treaties
Table of European community secondary legislation
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Free movement of goods 4
Ch. 3 New approach - green paper and white paper 15
Ch. 4 Emergence of food law as an autonomous branch of law 22
Ch. 5 Food labelling 32
Ch. 6 Additives 42
Ch. 7 Flavourings 59
Ch. 8 Claims 70
Ch. 9 PARNUTS - foodstuffs intended for particular nutritional uses 80
Ch. 10 Food supplements and fortification 93
Ch. 11 Vertical directives 99
Ch. 12 Novel foods and genetically modified organisms 110
Ch. 13 Agricultural products 121
Ch. 14 Food contact materials 135
Ch. 15 Contaminants and residues 144
Ch. 16 Hygiene 155
Ch. 17 Zoonoses/microbiological criteria 169
Ch. 18 Food controls and official inspection of foodstuffs 179
Ch. 19 The international context 188
Ch. 20 Conclusion 193
Annex I Action plan on food safety 195
Annex II List of permitted food colours (directive 94/36) 205
Annex III Fortification 207
Annex IV Food supplements 211
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