Council Minutes, 7 December 2010
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.