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EU Food Law and Policy

EU Food Law and Policy

By Debra Holland, Helen Pope


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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.

Publish Date 05/17/2004
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041121240
SKU 10057726-0001
Table of Contents
  1. Introduction.
  2. Free Movement of Goods.
  3. New Approach Green Paper and White Paper.
  4. Emergence of Food Law as Autonomous Branch of Law.
  5. Food Labelling.
  6. Food Additives.
  7. Flavourings.
  8. Claims
  9. Parnuts.
  10. Food Supplements and Fortification.
  11. Vertical Directives.
  12. Novel Foods and GMOs.
  13. Agricultural Products.
  14. Food Contact Materials.
  15. Contaminants and Residues.
  16. Hygiene.
  17. Zoonoses/ Microbiological Criteria.
  18. Food Controls and Official Inspection of Foodstuffs.
  19. The International Context.
  20. Conclusion. Annex I: Action Plan on Food Safety. Annex II: List of Permitted Food Colours. Annex III: Fortification. Annex IV: Food Supplements. Glossary. Index.