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Expert group on General Food Law and sustainability of food systems

About this Expert Group

The expert group on general food law was established in 2014 to monitor the application of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 on general food law in the Member States, as well as to address any future revision of that Regulation.

It is composed of Member States' representatives, responsible for the above-mentioned Regulation and having expertise in food law.

The original configuration of the group was not considered appropriate to discuss issues relating to the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy which go beyond matters of food law as such and require a broader and deepened range of expertise.

Therefore, the group was revamped in 2021 to include further expertise in health/nutrition, environment/climate, and agriculture/fisheries-related areas.

Terms of reference and procedures

Meetings and Consultations

Written consultation 17-31 October 2023 / Preparation of a draft Commission Delegated Regulation

The Commission is consulting the expert group on the preparation of a draft Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the number and names of the permanent Scientific Panels of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

This draft Delegated Act aims to split EFSA's Panel on food contact materials and enzymes and processing aids into two newly created Panels named respectively "the Panel on food enzymes" and "the Panel on food contact materials, decontamination substances and extraction solvents". The creation of these two new Panels is expected to improve the operational efficiency and effectiveness of EFSA's scientific work in the respective areas. The work of the new panels would become targeted and dedicated to the fields of enzymes and food contact materials, supporting a more efficient distribution of workload and use of the available expertise.

19 September 2023:

Fourth meeting of the expert group on general food law and sustainability of food systems

12 July 2023:

Third meeting of the expert group on general food law and sustainability of food systems

20 May 2022:

Second meeting of the expert group on general food law and sustainability of food systems

21 November 2021:

First meeting of the expert group on general food law and sustainability of food systems

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