eCommerce: Commission publishes results of first EU-wide control of Internet marketed food

The Commission published the results of the first coordinated official controls of Internet marketed foods carried out by 25 EU Member States, Switzerland and Norway. In September 2017 the competent national authorities checked nearly 1100 websites for offers of non-authorised novel foods and food supplements. They found 779 offers for the sale of products clearly not complying with the EU legislation, whether in terms of labelling, false claims or lack of authorisation.

This was the first time that the national authorities pooled their experience and resources, showing their preparedness to respond to the challenges of the online world and to protect the citizens from unsafe and misleading products offered online.

The main objectives of this first Coordinated Control Plan on the Internet sale of food ('CCP-efood') in the Union were:

  • practice and strengthen the cooperation and administrative assistance between Member State authorities on the control of Internet sales;
  • practice the exchange of information via rapid alert notifications according to Article 50 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 (RASFF) and notification under the Administrative Assistance and Cooperation system (AAC system) according to Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/19181,2;
  • gain insight into misleading practices in the sale of food supplements;
  • gain insight into the prevalence of unauthorised novel foods sold via Internet;
  • highlight that Internet sales of food are subject to official controls;
  • build know-how on food law enforcement in Internet sales by the authorities.


23-02-2018 09:Feb:rd

Bisphenol A: more stringent measures for food contact materials

The Commission has published a new Regulation that significantly tightens the restrictions on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials. It lowers the regulatory limit (specific migration limit or 'SML'), which is the amount allowed to migrate from the plastic material into food while keeping it safe, and extends this restriction to coating materials, which are used to line food and drink cans. The new Regulation also extends the ban from 2011 on the use of BPA in baby bottles by prohibiting the use of BPA to manufacture infant 'sippy' cups as well as the migration of BPA from coated materials containing food intended for infants and children 0–3 year olds. The new Regulation will apply from 6 September 2018.

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15-02-2018 23:Feb:th

European Commission publishes draft proposals for delegated acts modifying regulation 2017/625

In December 2019, these acts will become the official controls for food of animal origin. Members of EWFC reviewed the published text and came with a short report on their findings. The text of the proposal shows that Members of the European Parliament Environment Committee, during the creation of regulation 2017/625, did a very good job of protecting the European consumers: 

"The question of who should perform meat inspections was extensively discussed during the negotiations concerning Regulation (EU) 2017/625 with the Council and the European Parliament during all stages of the ordinary legislative procedure."

The Commission also consulted the public, "The question of who should perform meat inspections was extensively discussed during the negotiations concerning Regulation (EU) 2017/625 with the Council and the European Parliament during all stages of the ordinary legislative procedure."

03-02-2018 13:Feb:rd

Fitness Check on the General Food Law (Regulation (EC) No 178/2002)

As part of its 'Smart Regulation' policy, the DG Sante initiated in 2014 a Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT). This is a continuous process, affecting the whole policy cycle – from the design of a piece of legislation to implementation, enforcement, evaluation and, where justified, revision.
Under the first stages of this programme, the Commission has reviewed the entire stock of Union legislation and decided on follow-up actions, including 'Fitness Checks' involving comprehensive policy evaluations aimed at assessing whether the regulatory framework for a particular policy sector is 'fit for purpose'. Fitness Checks provide an evidence-based critical analysis of whether Union actions are proportionate to their objectives and delivering as expected.
Visit the EU Health and Food safety Commission website for all information, main findings and documents Fitness check on the General Food Law

15-01-2018 15:Jan:th

EWFC board meeting: Austria takes over Presidency

At the general assembly of the "European Working community for Food inspection and Consumer protection" (EWFC) held in Montauban in France on 26 and 27 of October 2017, Austria’s “Verband der Österreichischen Lebensmittelkontrolle und des Konsumentenschutzes” took over Presidency of the European Association for the next 2 years. The Presidency changes from Belgium to Austria. The board thanked Mr. Benoit Meurisse from Belgium for his hard work the last 2 years as President and greeted Mr. Günter Frühwirth from Austria as the new President and wished him a successful period. On the meeting there were also elections for new members of the board for the other members. In most of the cases the standing members were re-elected for another 2 years.

Austia takes over

In the new setting the board discussed things like the new „REGULATION (EU) 2017/625 FROM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL from 15. March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products “ and its influence on the inspections and controls on food and feed, and plant and plant health.

19-12-2017 23:Dec:th

EWFC visit French regional food specialist

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27-10-2017 16:Oct:th