The report finds that official controls in EU Member States on feed additives and their pre-mixtures, function largely well in context of the established risk-based control systems. However, it also outlines some areas for improvement such as the assessment of feed business operators’ hazard analysis and critical control points’ systems, the assessment of  operators’ tests 

This article was published on Food Navigator on the 6th of August.

What does the EC’s fitness and performance check on Nutrition and Health Claims regulation suggest?

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission completed the REFIT [1] Evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the

Annexes I and II of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 lay down the general hygiene provisions that food business operators must comply with to ensure food safety throughout the food chain. The European Commission is empowered to update and adapt those Annexes, taking into account, among others, scientific advice (article 13). On this basis, the European

In May, the European Commission published its ‘from-farm-to-table’ strategy which aims  to introduce ‘nutrient profiles’ by Q4, 2022. The objective of nutrient profiles is to place limits on certain nutrients i.e. fats, sugars and salt that can be contained in foods which simultaneously claim certain health benefits. The introduction of the strategy is long-awaited and

According to the Advocate General Bobek, whole insects intended for human consumption which are to be consumed as such, fall outside the scope of the Novel Food Regulation.

In the case C‑526/19, the Advocate General delivered his Opinion and explained why, in his view, whole insects would not be Novel. He noted that:

“While

In February, France’s Council of the State ordered a modification of the country’s Environment Code. The move was in response to the European case law which had ruled that organisms obtained through some mutagenesis techniques to be tolerant to herbicides are to be subjected to the same regulations as applied to genetically modified organisms. Katia

Since April 2020, new EU rules have taken effect requiring food businesses to label foods with the country of origin or place of provenance of primary ingredients. In this article Katia explores the new requirements. In summary, if the origin or provenance of a product’s primary ingredient is different to the origin or provenance currently

This week, the European Commission published its adjusted Work Program for 2020 in reaction to the Covid-19 crisis. As explained in the Communication accompanying the adjusted work program, to date, the Commission has adopted 291 decisions and other acts since the beginning of the  crisis.  Almost  all  of  these  were  neither  planned,  nor  were  featured 

Especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities continue to carefully enforce the rules that help consumers make well-informed choices about the food they consume. Katia Merten-Lentz reflects on the food labelling requirements food business operators need to adhere to (article available in French only)

This article was published in Agra