As online shopping is becoming increasingly popular, more and more enterprises are tapping into new business opportunities by offering various kinds of foodstuffs, groceries and food supplements for sale on the Internet. However, sellers entering this marketplace are not always aware that the EU food safety regulatory requirements governing traditional food business activities (i.e. hygiene standards and labelling) are also applicable to sales conducted online.
A new Commission report about Member States' official controls on Internet sales of food found, that Member States have integrated these into their existing official control systems. It is further concluded that such controls are still limited and will need to be further enhanced, also due to the fast growth anticipated in the coming years of e-commerce. The report is based on a 2017 series of fact-finding missions in seven EU Member States. The overall conclusions along with some good practices and common challenges encountered by Member States can be found in the overview report.
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