Title: Overview of the food chain system and the European regulatory framework in the fields of food safety and nutrition
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC102464
ISBN: 978-92-79-60536-9
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28033 EN
OP LA-NA-28033-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC102464
DOI: 10.2787/410688
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: To ensure the highest standards of food safety in the European Union and avoid barriers to internal trade, harmonised food legislation is implemented across all steps of the food and feed chain. However, recent crises have revealed certain vulnerabilities that can compromise these high food safety standards. At the same time, public health measures must address malnutrition to protect the health and wellbeing of EU citizens from chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer. To preserve the functioning of the food system towards the production of safe and nutritious food for healthy populations also in the future, policy must be able to respond to unforeseen disruptive developments. This may only be achieved through preparedness and through proactive rather than reactive policy-making initiatives. The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the current food safety and nutrition regulatory and policy framework in Europe up to 2014, identifying all the documents that are necessary for the implementation of food legislation. The legal acts are presented in this report following the flow of raw materials and food products through a model of the food chain. The main legal text(s) in each step of this chain were identified and briefly summarised. All legislation that is directly related to these main texts and provides additional implementation information was also identified and linked to the main texts in legislation maps. A detailed description of these legal acts in each field is included in the Annexes to the report.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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