A guidance document
on the implementation of the General Food law
main requirements has been developed by a
working group of Member State experts. These
requirements are traceability of food and feed
products, responsibility of operators,
withdrawal of unsafe food or feed from the
market and notification to the competent
Their implementation from 1st January
2005 has given rise to numerous questions in
particular from E.U. food chain operators and
third country trading partners. The guidance
document aims to assist all players in the food
chain to better understand and to apply
correctly and in a uniform way the Regulation.
These guidelines have not addressed
specific issues which relate only to a single
type of food business operators. However, as
regards the implementation of traceability
requirements to charities, the Commission has
presented its position following a request from
the European Parliament
Committee on the Food Chain and Animal
Health has approved the guidance document
at its meeting of 20 December 2004 and
considers that this useful procedure should
continue in the light of the experience gained
by the full application of the General food law
main requirements from 1 January 2005.
Revised version of the guidance document
Since then, the guidance document has therefore been reviewed and complemented. A new section has been developed on food safety requirements, and the sections on traceability, withdrawal/recall and export of food and feed, have been redrafted with a view to simplifying, clarifying and completing them.
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health has approved the revised version of the guidance document at its meeting of 26 January 2010.