Date: May 01, 2001
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have
issued a final proposal to establish a European Food Authority, and lay down the general
principles and requirements of food law, including those dealing with packaging.
If established, the European Food Authority would serve as an
independent scientific arbiter. The Authority would also take a lead role in managing food
safety emergencies, to ensure "that all foods, whatever their type and origin, [are]
subject to common measures in the event of a serious risk to human health."
The proposal expressly adopts a broad definition of food
law - covering a range of provisions, including provisions on materials and articles in
contact with food - "to take a sufficiently comprehensive and integrated approach
to food safety."
The proposal also states that the free movement of food within the European Community
"can be achieved only if food safety requirements do not differ significantly from
Member State to Member State." If Member States adopt individual laws, the regulatory
differences "may impede the free movement of food, create unequal conditions of
competition and may thereby directly affect the functioning of the internal market."
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