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:
- a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene
- a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific
hygiene rules for food of animal origin (doc. 10543/1/02 + ADD 1)
- a Regulation of the European Parliament and of t he Council laying down
specific rules for the organisation of official controls on products of animal
origin intended for human consumption (doc. 5420/1/03 + ADD 1)
- a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council repealing certain
Directives concerning food hygiene and health conditions for the production
and placing on the market of certain products of animal origin intended for
human consumption and amending Council Directives 89/662/EEC and 92/118/EEC
and Council Decision 95/408/EC , (doc. 11583/03 + ADD 1, doc. 11584/03 + ADD
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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