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.