Reconciling Food Law to Competitiveness: Report on the by Bernd Van Der Meulen, Isabel Cachapa Rodrigues, Maria

By Bernd Van Der Meulen, Isabel Cachapa Rodrigues, Maria Litjens, Adeline Merey, Schiavon Giogio

The nutrients quarter is the 3rd such a lot regulated within the european. it's the most crucial creation region, yet its competitiveness and innovativeness are stressed. This publication experiences on a felony learn into the query if there's a connection among the sector's declining innovativeness and competitiveness at the one hand and the expanding regulatory burden however. the purpose is to point possibilities to take away avoidable hindrances for the meals commonly and small and medium organizations particularly. The publication brings to mild numerous shortcomings within the regulatory framework and makes concrete concepts for simplifying and bettering ecu foodstuff laws. The findings are in accordance with basic felony analyses. they're mixed with the subsequent 3 empirical case reports: - premarket approval schemes, for novel meals specifically; - the applying of the european nutrients hygiene package deal within the dairy area in chosen areas in Italy and France; and - deepest criteria within the Dutch dairy quarter. The publication indicates that compliance by way of the european legislator and gurus with ecu nutrition legislation rules and specifications is essential to enhancing the location of meals companies.

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Reconciling food law to competitiveness 53 Chapter 4 All this – the very limited number of rejected products, the reasons given for rejection, the fact that no safety concerns seem to be present outside the EU regarding the rejected products, the presence of rejected products on the EU market and the low priority given to enforcement – raises the question whether the NFR makes a serious contribution to food safety in the EU94 and, even more, whether the contribution it makes justifies the burden placed on food businesses in the EU.

In the first food competitiveness study we collected data on novel foods and GMOs as representatives of the premarket approval schemes. Respondents indicated these as most restrictive for innovation. In many comments on EU premarket approval policy novel foods are addressed. They stand as pars pro toto. This is understandable as novel foods, along with genetically modified foods, is the most general category. Novelty is mainly related to the calendar date of market introduction not to function in (food) production or product.

If businesses choose the wrong procedure, they cannot simply switch, but have to start all over again. No help from the authorities can be expected in finding the right procedure or applying it successfully. Interviewees worry whether the authorities will meet their deadlines. One of them provided an example of a procedure that took fourteen years to complete. One of the problems perceived by interviewees is uncertainty on the range of premarket approval schemes. Does the application of a certain preparation technique bring the food within the ambit of the Novel Foods Regulation?

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