Food and Feed Safety

The EU sugar industry is committed to providing safe feed materials and food products.

The General Food Law Regulation (EC) 178/2002 sets out the general principles for food law and defines responsibilities for authorities and operators within the framework of food and feed safety. Operators are primarily responsible for the safety of the products they bring on the market.

Because food and feed safety represent challenges and require inclusive and comprehensive approaches, CEFS is involved in the various fitness check exercises (REFIT) that the European Commission is putting in place in order to see whether the regulatory framework is still fit for purpose.

With its observer status, CEFS follows the work of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA) in order to make sure that the EU regulatory framework on food additives is duly taken into account.

Regarding food and feed safety, CEFS is interested and involved in the following discussions:

  • Undesirable substances in feed materials: in particular, CEFS follows and contributes actively to the discussion on a Commission Recommendation on nitrite in feed materials as well as a method of determination of nitrite content in feed.
  • The development of EU legislation on additives, enzymes, and processing aids.
  • The setting and review of pesticides maximum residue levels (MRLs).
  • Multiple-use substances.