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Eurofood Monitor

Quality of drinking water

Core legislative framework: Council Directive 98/83/EC

Council Directive 98/83/EC of 3 November 1998 on the quality of water intended for human consumption defines the essential quality standards which such water must meet. Natural mineral waters and waters which are medicinal products are exempted from this Directive. The objective of the Directive is to protect human health from the adverse effects of any contamination of water by ensuring that it is wholesome and clean.

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Eurofood Monitor is a structured guide to EU food legislation available to subscribers to IEG Policy’s European Food Law channel.

Each section of Eurofood Monitor reviews the core legislative framework in place for each topic, and also includes, wherever appropriate, the relevant implementing Directives or Regulations.

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China tops concern for breaches of EU intellectual property, GIs in international trade

China remains the origin of most counterfeit and pirated goods arriving into the EU, according to a Commission report on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in third countries.

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EU to present guidelines to feed animals on food not apt for human consumption

The EU is finalising guidelines for member states to feed animals on food which is not fit anymore to be consumed by humans, the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner has said.

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EU approves new guidelines for processed cheese

A European Commission standing committee has approved two guidelines on the use of cheese as a raw material in food processing.

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Foods for specific groups

Core legislative framework: Regulation (EU) No 609/2013

Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 inaugurates a new set of rules on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control. The concept of “foodstuffs for particular nutritional uses” - which has served as a basis of previous legislation - is superseded by this Regulation.

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Official feed and food controls

Core legislative framework: Regulation (EC) No 882/2004


Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 governs official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.


It is a part of a hygiene package which defines the European Union's duties as regards the organisation of these controls, as well as the rules which must be respected by the national authorities responsible for carrying out the official controls, including coercive measures adopted in the event of failure to comply with Community law.


(Other items of the package are: food hygiene; rules related to hygiene for food of animal origin; official controls on products of animal origin intended for human consumption; animal health rules governing the production, processing, distribution and introduction of products of animal origin for human consumption).

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Maximum pesticide limits for food products for human consumption (and animal feedingstuffs)

Core legislative framework: Regulation (EC) No 396/2005

Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 establishes in one single instrument the maximum quantities of pesticide residues permitted in products of animal or vegetable origin intended for human or animal consumption. These maximum residue levels (MRLs) include, on the one hand, MRLs which are specific to particular foodstuffs intended for human or animal consumption and, on the other, a general limit which applies where no specific MRL has been set. The objective is to ensure that pesticide residues in foodstuffs do not constitute an unacceptable risk for both consumer and animal health. Most recent amendments to this Regulation were entered by Regulation EU No 2017/625.

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