Recent food crises have demonstrated the benefits to the Commission of having properly adapted, more rapid procedures for crisis management. Therefore Regulation EC/178/2002 provides for the establishment of a general plan for food/feed crisis management and the creation of a crisis unit. This crisis unit will be set up by the Commission in cases where the Commission identifies a serious direct or indirect risk to human health deriving from food and feed and the risk cannot be managed adequately by application of existing provisions, in particular the emergency procedures. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will participate in the crisis unit and provide scientific and technical assistance.
The crisis unit will be responsible for collecting and evaluating all relevant information and identifying the options available to prevent, eliminate or reduce the risk at stake. The crisis unit will keep the public informed of the risks involved and the measures taken.
- Further information : General principles of food law - Procedures for Food Safety.