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

Summary of the EWFC Board meeting and General Assembly held at Montauban France 26th and 27th of October 2017

Regulation 2017/625

The board had a great deal to discuss as since the last meeting the importance of this new regulation had become more apparent. It will cover all aspects of food safety, wholesomeness and food fraud throughout the European Union. EWFC worked hard during the passage of this legislation through the EU trialogue process, which involved members of the board communicating with and offering advice to, “Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)”. Some sections of the above show the influence of our representations. When EWFC advices on any subject our first aim is to help create law that will protect consumers. We believe that we have gained a reputation for sound technical advice in this area.

Food Fraud

01-12-2017 10:Dec:st

EWFC visit French regional food specialist

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27-10-2017 16:Oct:th