Food Law News - EU - 2009

Council Minutes, 16 December 2009

CONTAMINANTS - Maximum levels for contaminants in food - committee procedure (Council discussions)

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Council meeting (Agriculture and Fisheries) held in Brussels on 14-16 December 2009

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission's regulation concerning maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs. The new regulation is aimed at amending regulation 1881/2006 as regards ochratoxin A in the light of a recent scientific opinion of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Under the regulatory procedure with scrutiny, the Council can oppose an act which exceeds the implementing powers of the Commission, is not compatible with the aim or content of the basic instrument or does not respect subsidiarity or proportionality if the regulatory committee previously supported the envisaged measures.

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