EU Food Law Hanbook

EU Food Law Handbook

edited by: B. v.d. Meulen

ISBN: 978-90-8686-246-7
Price:  € 75.00  (excluding VAT)

Today I want to focus your attention on this really amazing “handbook”, that – despite the name – is really  a complete manual about the fundamentals of EU food law (692 pg.). It touches any argument of interest for practitioners and academics and its multidisciplinary approach grants a broad view on the topics.

The book is edited by Prof. Bernd Van der Muelen and see the participation of really good friends and gifted professionals like Martin Holle (Nutrition policy in the European Union), Cecilia Kuhn and Francesco Montanari (Importing food into the EU), Rozita Spirovska Vaskoska and many others.

The twenty-first century has witnessed a fundamental reform of food law in the European Union, to the point where modern EU food law has now come of age. This ‘EU Food Law Handbook’ presents the most significant elements of these legal developments with contributions from a highly qualified team of academics and practitioners. Their analysis is based on a shared vision of the structure and content of EU food law. The book takes the perspective of food law embedded within general EU law. It highlights the consequences of this combination and provides insights into both substantive and procedural food law.
Taking the General Food Law as a focal point, this handbook analyses and explains the institutional, substantive and procedural elements of EU food law. Principles are discussed as well as specific rules addressing food as a product, the processes related to food and communication about food to consumers through labelling. These rules define requirements on subjects like market authorisation for food additives, novel foods and genetically modified foods, food hygiene, tracking & tracing, withdrawal & recall. The powers of public authorities to enforce food law and to deal with incidents are outlined. Attention is given to the international context (WTO, Codex Alimentarius) as well as to private standards.
In addition to the systematic analysis, the book includes selected topics such as nutrition and health policy, special foods, food import requirements, food contact materials, intellectual property and animal feed.
The ‘EU Food Law Handbook’ is produced in co-operation with the European Institute for Food Law. It is relevant for practitioners and academics both with and without a background in law. It is ideal for education purposes.
To buy the book: link.

Food recalls in EU – Week 37/2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have one recall from consumers in EU in the alert notifications:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in frozen raw whole chicken, following an official control on the market. Origin Belgium, notified by Finland.

Between the information for follow-up notifications, we can find another recall from consumers:

Novel foods: unauthorised novel food ingredient tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia) in tongkat ali extract powder, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Finland.

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product, we find:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in chilled chicken steaks and skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Belgium, notified by Belgium, distributed also to France, Luxembourg and Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes and Salmonella spp. in frozen chicken skewers, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella in frozen pork shashlyk, following company’s own check. Origin Romania (via Austria), notified by Netherlands;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella spp. in tahina sesame grain, following an official control on the market. Origin Lebanon (via Poland), notified by Netherlands, distributed also to Germany and Spain.

We have also a seizure in Italy of frozen roe deer meat for further processing, due to the presence of Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia Coli. Origin: Germany.

Amongst border rejections we have:

– aflatoxins in groundnuts from Argentina and Brazil, in in-shell groundnuts, roasted and salted peanuts from China, in pistachios from Iran (also via United Arab Emirates), in dried stemless red chillies from India and in shelled groundnuts from India (via Egypt);

– mercury in chilled sea bream from Egypt and in frozen barracuda fillets from Senegal;

– live insects in almond kernels from the United States and whole star anise from China infested with moulds;

– residue level above MRL for copper (130 mg/kg – ppm) in vine leaves from Turkey;

– undeclared sulphite in dried apricots from Uzbekistan;

– chlorpyriphos in fresh yard long beans from the Dominican Republic;

– E 1520 – propylene glycol, E 999 – extract of quillaia, E 492 – sorbitan tristearate and E 459 – beta-cyclodextrin unauthorised and unauthorised food additive monosodium aspartate in frozen surimi preparations from Vietnam;

– prohibited substance nitrofuran (metabolite) nitrofurazone (SEM) in frozen pangasius fillets from Vietnam;

– unauthorised novel food ingredient Coriolus versicolor in food supplement from the United States;

– unauthorised irradiation of red yeast rice extract from China;

unauthorised substance chlorfluazuron in tea from China.

For feed, we have a seizure of dog chews in Austria for presence of Salmonella Spp. Origin Germany.

For food contact materials we have and information for attention, followed by a recall from the consumers:

Heavy metals: migration of cadmium and of lead from glass mugs, following an official control on the market. Origin China, notified by Poland;

and several border rejections for migration of formaldehyde from melamine spoons, migration of chromium from steel peeler and migration of chromium and manganese from kitchen scissors from China.

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