White Paper on Food Safety
of 12 January 2000 the European Commission announced a
series of initiatives to improve and complete the legislation
on food and feed controls. In this regard, a proposal was adopted by the Commission on 5 February 2003.
This proposal establishes a clear EU framework
for a control system, in which the respective responsibilities
of the Member States and the Commission are systematically
set out. It takes into account the general principle that
all parts of the food production chain must be subject to
official controls. Furthermore, it provides for a common approach
with regard to controls on imports of food and feed from third
Regulation (CE) N° 882/2004
on official controls performed to ensure the
verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules was
adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 29 April 2004.
The current control system will continue to apply until the new system becomes applicable as from 1 January 2006. At that time, the following Directives that are currently in place will be repealed and replaced by the provisions of the new Regulation:
N° 70/373/EEC (sampling and analysis
- official control of feedingstuffs), N° 95/53/EEC (official
inspections - animal nutrition), N° 89/397/EEC and N° 93/99/EC
(official control of foodstuffs).