Food Law News - EU - 2009

Commission Press Release (IP/09/981), 22 June 2009

FEED - Commission welcomes adoption of feed regulation that will further strengthen food safety in the EU

Farmers and pet owners will soon get better information on the feed they buy, a step that will further strengthen food safety in the EU, after the Council of Agriculture Ministers adopted today a regulation replacing the current legislation on marketing and the use of feed. The new legislation, based on a Commission proposal from 2008, considerably simplifies the existing procedures and it will help promote innovation and competitiveness in the European feed sector. It is also expected to lead to a more integrated single market for feed by reducing the administrative burden for feed operators. The regulation was endorsed by the European Parliament on February 5 and is expected to enter into force later this year.

Androulla Vassiliou, EU Health Commissioner said: "I welcome the Council's decision today and that of the European Parliament in February. While maintaining our high standards of protection of animal health, welfare, food and feed safety, this new legislation represents a major step forward for the simplification and modernisation of procedures for labelling and marketing animal feed and pet food. At the same time it will help boost the competitiveness of the EU livestock sector."

Catering to modern needs

The new regulation caters for modern marketing conditions and addresses the different information needs of the specific types of feed purchasers, such as qualified farmers and ordinary pet owners. It also provides for the modern tools of commerce, such as the internet. Furthermore, it establishes a new co-regulation approach which delegates competences in non-safety relevant areas to feed operators, subject to approval by the Commission. By considerably simplifying existing legislation, it reduces administrative burden for all stakeholders.

The main provisions

The text contains modernised provisions on the following main issues:

The Commission welcomes the work done by the European Parliament and the Council as all the key objectives of the initial proposal have been maintained in the text resulting from the co-decision process.

The new legislation will now be signed by the Presidents of the European Parliament and the Council and will then enter into force later this year.

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