Food Law News - EU - 2006

Council Press Release (10302/06), 19 June 2006

POULTRY/EGGS - Marketing standards for poultry meat and eggs: Council discussions

The following items are taken from the minutes of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council Meeting held on the 19 June 2006.

Marketing standards for poultry meat

The Council adopted a Regulation amending Regulation (EEC) No 1906/90 on certain marketing standards for poultry meat (9434/06).

Regulation (EEC) No 1906/90, which contains several references to Community veterinary legislation, is amended in particular in order to adapt the references to the corresponding provisions in the new hygiene regulations, as well as other references which are no longer accurate.

The Regulation will enter into force on the seventh day after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.

Marketing standards for eggs

The Council adopted a Regulation laying down the conditions of marketing within the EU of the eggs produced in the EU or imported from third countries (9433/06, 10282/06 ADD1).

The Member States have the possibility of exempting from the requirements of the Regulation eggs sold through certain forms of direct sale by the producer to the final consumer where small quantities are involved.

The Regulation distinguishes two quality classes of eggs: class A, fresh eggs for direct human consumption, and class B, eggs for use in the food or non-food industry.

The Member States will appoint inspection services to check compliance with the Regulation and lay down rules on penalties applicable to infringements.

The Regulation will apply from 1 July 2007 and it repeals Regulation (EEC) No 1907/90.

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