General Food Law
Prologue to General Principles of Food LawOn the 28th of January 2002 the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation (EC) 178/2002 laying down the General Principles and requirements of Food Law.
The aim of the General Food Law Regulation is to provide a framework to ensure a coherent approach to the development of food legislation. It also provides the general framework for those areas not covered by specific harmonised rules but where the functioning of the internal market is ensured by mutual recognition.
It lays down definitions and general principles such as objectives, obligations and general requirements covering all stages of food/feed production and distribution, the European Food Safety Authority, the Rapid Alert System and Crisis Management, as well as many other provisions.