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Food Hygiene - Basic Legislation

Community legislation covers all stages of the production, processing, distribution and placing on the market of food intended for human consumption. 'Placing on the market' means the holding of food for the purpose of sale, including offering for sale, or any other form of transfer, whether free of charge or not, and the sale, distribution and other forms of transfer themselves.

The new hygiene rules were adopted in April 2004 by the European Parliament and the Council. They became applicable on 1 January 2006. They are provided for in the following key acts :

The new hygiene rules take particular account of the following principles:

Primary production for domestic use and domestic preparation of food for private consumption are not regulated by Community rules.

Related key rules :