FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS IN THE EU

How to align with European food safety policy

The integrated approach of the European Union (EU) to food safety aims to ensure a high level of food safety, animal health, animal welfare, and plant health within the EU through consistent measures from farm to table and adequate monitoring, while also ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.

The food safety policy of the European Union (EU) aims to protect consumers while ensuring the smooth operation of the single market. Food hygiene within the EU is regulated by the Hygiene Package, a series of regulations published subsequent to the EU framework food safety regulation, Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002. The Hygiene Package originally consisted of Regulations (EC) No. 852/2004 (general hygiene requirements), 853/2004 (hygiene requirements for products of animal origin), 854/2004 (official control requirements), and 882/2004 (official control requirements related to animal welfare, feeding, and food).

Regulation (EC) No. 183/2005 on feed hygiene requirements imposes on food and feed operators the obligation to comply with general and specific hygiene requirements.

Since January 1, 2006, effective control of food production has been the responsibility of food operators, requiring all food businesses within the EU to undergo safety management procedures.

EU regulations require the use of the HACCP method for the prevention and mitigation of food safety hazards.

Regulations 854/2004 and 882/2004 have been replaced by EU Regulation No. 625/2017.

After 15 years, Regulation EC 852/2004 has been updated by EU Regulation 382/2021. The new regulation incorporates the updated Codex Alimentarius guidelines published in September 2020 for both Food Hygiene and the new Policy for Allergen Cross-Contact Prevention and Management. Basic prerequisites are updated, new requirements for food waste reduction are introduced, and Food Safety Culture is introduced.

Export to Europe requires third-party operators to be pre-approved for specific categories (e.g., products of animal origin) by following the specific procedures indicated on the EU Commission’s web portals and the Access2Markets Trade Helpdesk portal.

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We provide mandatory specific training in the EU, consultation for the creation of food safety documentation, and assistance in the procedures for inclusion in the list of authorized companies for exporting to the EU.

Reg. UE Nr. 625/17 – Official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products;

Reg. EC Nr. 178/02 – General principles and requirements of food law;

Reg. UE Nr. 382/2021– Hygiene of foodstuffs as regards food allergen management, redistribution of food and food safety culture;

Reg. EC Nr. 852/04 – Hygiene of foodstuffs;

Reg. EU Nr. 1169/11 – Provision of food information to consumers;

Reg. EC Nr. 853/04 – Specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.

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