Guidelines have been agreed between the European Commission and the European Union’s member states to facilitate the implementation of major requirements in the General Food Law that entered into force on 1 January 2005.

The specific requirements covered in the guidance document include the traceability of food products, withdrawal of dangerous food products from the market, operator responsibilities and requirements applicable to imports and exports.

“The new requirements in the EU food law include important elements like rules on traceability and the withdrawal of dangerous food products from the market. Their effective implementation will benefit public health and make trade between EU member states easier,” said Markos Kyprianou, commissioner for health and consumer protection.

“The guidelines address many of the practical issues raised in recent months by food and feed business operators and will help both businesses and national authorities to implement the new requirements,” the commissioner added.

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