Food Law News - EU - 2003

Council Minutes, 27 October 2003

HYGIENE - Common Positions adopted by Council

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Environment Council Meeting of the 27 October 2003.

The Council adopted common positions on the three Regulations and a Directive concerning food and feed hygiene (doc. 12133/03 + ADD 1). These legislative texts, which fall under the co decision procedure, are part of the "Hygiene package" adopted by the Commission in July 2000.

The adopted texts are:

The aim of the hygiene package is to provide a unified and consolidated Community legislation regarding both the rules for feed hygiene and food hygiene, consistent with the requirements laid down by the European Food Safety Authority. These texts should enable a tracability of the products from the producer to the consumer ("from farm to fork" approach) and a control at the main stages of production and processing by the setting of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.

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