Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2016

Council Minutes, 19 December 2016

OFFICIAL CONTROLS – Council discussions: Official controls - Council adopts its position at first reading

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Environment Council meeting on the 19 December 2016:

The Council adopted its position at first reading on revised rules to perform official controls along the agri-food chain (see 10755/16). The Council's position is based on the compromise agreed with the European Parliament (EP) in June 2016, and paves the way for the final adoption of the regulation by the EP at an upcoming plenary session.

The new rules aim to improve the controls carried out by member states to ensure the application of the Union legislation on food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, plant health, and plant protection products. It will also apply to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for feed and food production, organic farming, protected designations of origin, protected geographical indications and traditional specialities guaranteed. Additionally, marketing standards for agricultural products will be covered with respect to possible fraudulent practices.

The European Parliament is expected to vote at second reading at an upcoming plenary session, thus approving the Council's position at first reading without amendments and completing the legislative process.

Afterwards, the legal texts will be published in the Official Journal of the EU.

For a more detailed press release from the Council, see:

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