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Food Safety - From the Farm to the Fork - Publications

 Animal Nutrition

Report within the framework of Scientific Cooperation was published on 17 November 2000. pdf

 Labelling & Nutrition

In 1997 general guidelines for implementing the principle of Quantitative Ingredients Declaration (QUID) were introduced. Labels are to indicate the quantity of certain ingredients expressed as a percentage of the final product. The Guidelines pdf were revised in December 1998.

 Biotechnology

Life Sciences and Biotechnology - Strategy for Europe . pdf Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European partliament, The Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, 2002. printable 52 page colour document. pdf

Life Sciences and Biotechnology - Towards a Strategic Vision, 2001. pdf

Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Life Sciences and Biotechnology - A Strategy for Europe, 2002 de fr pdf

The right to know about Genetically Modified Food by David Byrne, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, 25 July 2001. es da de el fr it nl pt fi sv pdf

 Chemical Safety

Report from the Commission on Dietary Food Additive Intake in the European Union, 01 October 2001. pdf

The following documents were prepared in order to explain specific aspects in legislation on Food Contact Materials:

The Practical Guide provides explanations and examples of EU Directives; pdf

The Note for Guidance provides guidance on the procedure to petition for the evaluation and authorisation of a substance, the guidelines of the Scientific Committee for Food (SCF) and advice on the application of SCF guidelines;pdf

The Synoptic document lists all the substances used for the manufacture of plastic materials which have been notified to the European Commission and which have been evaluated or are currently being evaluated by the SCF. It includes the SCF evaluations and the legal status of these substances at EU level.. pdf

The List of abbreviations and explanations lists definitions of terms used in the various documents;. pdf

EU and National laws is a list of the EU and national legislation related to food contact materials.pdf

Additional information may also be found by contacting the following institutions:

Addresses of European and National Authorities. pdf

Addresses of European Professional Organisations. pdf

 Biological Safety

List of CRLs for chemical residues. pdf

Workprogrammes for Community Reference Laboratories for residues for 2003.pdf

Joint annual report of the European Union Community Reference Laboratories for residues. European Commission contract period: July 2000-June 2001. pdf

Work programmes (July 2002 - December 2002). pdf

Work programmes (July 2001 - June 2002). pdf

The Commission publishes this information as annual reports:

Report from the Commission on food irradiation for the period September 2000 to December 2001 es da de el fr it nl pt fi sv pdf

 TSE/BSE

Report pdf on the monitoring and testing of ruminants for the presence of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) in 2002, July 2003.

Report pdf on the monitoring and testing of bovine animals for the presence of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in 2001, June 2002.

The European Union and Food Security: Lessons from the BSE crisis, Brussels, 30 November – 1 December 1998

Lessons from BSE Crisis pdf

Part 2 : Verbatim pdf

Part 3 : List of Participants pdf

Second bi-annual BSE follow-up report, 18 November 1998.

Vademecum de l'Encephalopathie Spongiforme Bovine (BSE) - 3rd Edition, 16 October 1998.

Special Report to the European Parliament Concerning Recommendations on BSE, 16 March 1998.

Final Consolidated Report, to the Temporary Committee of the European Parliament on the follow-up of recommendations on BSE, 2 March 1998.

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Guide - 2nd Edition, 29 October 1996.

Report on BSE (n. 14/2001) from the Court of Auditors. pdf

Intercomparison study for the determination of processed animal proteins including meat and bone meal in animal feed. pdf

Effective Feed Ban: Guidance note for third countries, 18 July 2001. es de fr pdf

Use of processed animal proteins in animal feed es de fr it nl pdf

 Controls

Reports on the Co-ordinated Programmes for the Official Control on Foodstuffs (reports from 1994 to 1997)

An evaluation of a positive list of authorised feed materials at Community level, produced by B. R. Cotrill and G. Tran (ADAS Consulting Ltd).

This report was produced by B.R. Cottrill and G. Tran for DG Health & Consumer Protection and represents the views of the contractors or authors. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of the Commission's or DG Health & Consumer Protection's views. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this report, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof. pdf

 Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)

Annual Report 2002. pdf

Leaflet explaining the function of RASFF is downloadable. pdf

 Prevention and Control of Animal diseases

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD)

Chronology of main events and list of decisions adopted by the Commission (last updated on 08 April 2003)pdf(717KB)

Questions and answers - Update 12 December 2001 fr pdf(717KB)

Press releases/ Results and Statements of the Standing Veterinary Committee

EU policy on Vaccination against FMD de fr

International Conference on Control and Prevention of Foot and Mouth Disease - Final Report - Brussels 12 - 13 December 2001

Avian Influenza

Factsheet Avian Influenza pdf(152KB) updated

Chronology of outbreak in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany starting 28 February 2003 pdf(333KB) updated

Information Note of Commissioner David Byrne to the Commission : Avian Influenza in the Netherlands and Belgium (situation as of 22 April 2003) pdf(84KB)

 Animal Welfare

Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Animal Welfare Legislation on farmed animals in Third Countries and the Implications for the EU, 18 November 2002 es da de el fr it nl pt fi sv pdf(+/-200KB)

Overview of results of a series of missions to evaluate controls of animal welfare on farms in seven Member States carried out between June 2001 and June 2002 de fr pdf(213KB)

Office International des Epizooties (OIE) : Community Coordination

Draft Written comments of the Community on the report of the meeting of the Bureau of the OIE [Office International des Epizooties] International Animal Health Code Commission [Paris July 2003] and the Scientific Commission [Paris August 2003] to be submitted for adoption and consideration in the 72nd General Session to be held in May 2004 pdf(6 MB)
Submitted by the European Union to the OIE on 19/11/2003

Draft Written comments of the Community on the report of the meeting of the Bureau of the OIE [Office International des Epizooties] Aquatic Animals Health Code Commission [Paris July 2003] and the Scientific Commission [Paris August 2003] to be submitted for adoption and consideration in the 72nd General Session to be held in May 2004 pdf(705KB)
Submitted by the Commission to the Council on 23/10/2003 (SEC/2003/1177)

Draft Written comments of the Community on the report of the meeting of the Bureau of the OIE [Office International des Epizooties] Aquatic Animals Health Standards Commission [Paris June 2003] to be submitted for adoption and consideration in the 72nd General Session to be held in May 2004 pdf(354KB)
Submitted by the Commission to the Council on 29/09/2003 (SEC/2003/1065)

 Plant Protection Products

Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council : Evaluation of the active substances of plant protection products (submitted in accordance with article 8(2) of Council Directive 91/414/EEC on the placing of plant protection products on the market), 12 July 2001 pdf(50KB )

Pesticide Residues

Quality control procedures for pesticide residues analysis (3103/2000), November 1999 pdf(81KB)

Introduction to EU pesticide residue legislation pdf(17KB)

Programme of work on pesticide residue levels (MRL's) pdf(163KB)

Calculation of maximum residue levels and safety intervals, 22 July 1997 pdf(53KB)

Working document guidance notes on EC Import Tolerances pdf(182KB)

Guidelines for the generation of data concerning residues as provided in Annex II part A, section 6 and Annex III, part A, section 8 of Directive 91/414/EEC concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market

Guidance document on residue analytical methods, 20 June 2000 pdf(53KB)

Minimum Data Requirements for Establishing Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) including Import Tolerances, 29 September 1999 pdf(+/-145KB)

 Food and Veterinary Office

"FVO at home and away"
Consumer Voice - Newsletter on food safety, health and consumer policy from the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General, September 2002, Edition 7/02

 
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