This report updates the main text of our legislation review with developments in food and feed law and related scientific and regulatory issues for the period from January to March 2017. The two main overarching themes in the period January to March 2017 were exiting the EU and the modernisation of EU food and feed law.
Regarding potential implications of exiting the EU, the report explores the implication of the White Paper published in February 2017 which gave details on the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ to remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book and convert the ‘acquis’ – the body of existing EU law – into domestic law.
Modernisation of European food and feed law took a step forward in February 2017 with the European Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers reaching political agreement on a compromise text for a new all-encompassing Regulation on food controls. The general objective of the proposed Regulation is to simplify and streamline the existing legal framework of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, encompassing almost all sectors of the agri-food chain in a unique set of rules applicable to official controls. The Regulation also aims to improve the efficiency of official controls performed by the Member States along the agri-food chain so as to allow for quick responses in crisis situations, while minimising the burden for operators.
The report also includes developements and further work on antimicrobial resistance, mineral oil hydrocarbons, legal highs, novel food, and methods for starch determination.