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Legislation on mycotoxins

Concerning European Union Reference Laboratories

Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules

Regulation (EC) No 1754/2006 laying down detailed rules for the granting of Community financial assistance to Community reference laboratories for feed and food and the animal health sector

General law

Council Regulation (EEC) No 315/93 laying down Community procedures for contaminants in food

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety "The General Food Law (GFL)" (consolidated version 2009-08-07)

Concerning mycotoxins in feed

Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal feed (consolidated version 2010-03-02)

Commission Recommendation 2006/576/EC on the presence of deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, ochratoxin A, T-2 and HT-2 and fumonisins in products intended for animal feeding

Commission Recommendation 2013/165/EU on the presence of T-2 and HT-2 toxin in cereals and cereal products

Concerning mycotoxins in food

Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs (consolidated version 2010-07-01)

Commission Directive 2008/128/EC laying down specific purity criteria concerning colours for use in foodstuffs

Regulation (EC) No 401/2006 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of the levels of mycotoxins in foodstuffs (consolidated version 2010-03-13)

Commission Recommendation 2013/165/EU on the presence of T-2 and HT-2 toxin in cereals and cereal products

Concerning mycotoxins in food of animal origin

Commission Decision 2002/657/EC on implemention Council Directive 96/23/EC concerning the performance of analytical methods and the interpretation of results (consolidated version 2004-01-10)

Recommendations on the prevention of mycotoxins

Recommendation 2003/598/EC: prevention and reduction of patulin contamination in apple juice and apple juice ingredients in other beverages

Recommendation 2006/583/EC: prevention and reduction of Fusarium-toxins in cerels and cereal products

Recommendation 2012/154/EU: on the monitoring of the presence of ergot alkaloids in feed and food

Guidance documents

Guidance documents and more useful information can be found on the website of European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection: Food contaminants - Sampling and analysis.

Commission rules (imposing special conditions)

Commission Decision 2008/47/EC approving the pre-export checks carried out by the United States of America on peanuts and derived products thereof as regards the presence of aflatoxins

Regulation (EC) No 1152/2009 imposing special conditions governing the import of certain foodstuffs from certain third countries due to contamination risk by aflatoxins and repealing Decision 2006/504/EC

Other mycotoxin related legislation

Regulation (EU) No 1272/2009 laying down common detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards buying-in and selling of agricultural products under public intervention (no consolidated version is available at eur-lex, the reader should take note of the last updates of this Regulation - link accessed 2010-08-02)