Food Law News - EU - 2010

Council Minutes, 7 December 2010

NOVEL FOODS – Council rejects the Parliament’s Proposed Amendments to the Draft Regulation

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council held on the 6 and 7 December 2010

The Council rejected the European Parliament's second-reading amendments to the draft regulation on novel foods. This means that a conciliation procedure will be launched in accordance with article 294 of the Lisbon treaty. Once a meeting of a conciliation committee composed of representatives of both institutions has been convened, the committee has a maximum of eight weeks to find a compromise.

The main objective of the draft regulation is to stimulate the development and placing on the EU market of safe innovative foods and to ensure a high level of food safety and of human health protection.

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