general food law

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The aim of the General Food Law Regulation is to ensure that all food placed in the European Union market is safe. As flavourings are used in food, they are also covered by this legislation.

On the 28th of January 2002 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) 178/2002 laying down the General Principles and requirements of Food Law. Other than ensuring a coherent approach, it also provides the general framework for those areas not covered by specific harmonised rules but where the functioning of the internal market is ensured by mutual recognition.

It lays down definitions and general principles such as objectives, obligations and general requirements covering all stages of food/feed production and distribution, the European Food Safety Authority, the Rapid Alert System and Crisis Management, as well as many other provisions.

More information at:
DG SANTE website - General Food Law