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Scientific assessments in European food law: Making it future-proof

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European food laws increasingly use scientific evidence to protect consumers from hazards and to prevent the use of misleading information. In this article, the use of risk assessment in European food law is analysed and the implications of the recently adopted adjustments to the EU's General Food Law are reviewed. The risk analysis cycle that has been implemented in many authorisation decisions of the European Commission has resulted in the increased level of public health protection since 2002. The food law evaluation under REFIT however identified various shortcomings, including the civil societies' perception that various elements of EFSA's work lacked transparency and independence. To deal with these identified issues, the newly adopted regulation will bring about specific adjustments to the General Food Law and sectorial legislation. Although these adjustments are expected to improve European food policies, today's EU food laws should be further enhanced by improving the use of nutritional sciences in food law. Such joint efforts can result in a higher level of consumer protection and further advance the internal European market. Only through improving the systematic way to conduct scientific analyses into and by enhancing their use in risk management, European food law will become more future-proof.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104437
JournalRegulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology
Volume108
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019