The Safe Food Principle. A Critical Reflection on the Key Concept of EU Food Safety Law

24 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2018 Last revised: 8 May 2019

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Bernd van der Meulen

European Institute for Food Law; University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics

Date Written: October 22, 2018

Abstract

The most fundamental notion underlying the reform of EU food safety law has been codified in Article 14(1) of Regulation (EC) 178/2002: food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe. This notion has been elaborated in most of the rest of EU food law, first and foremost in the other paragraphs of Article 14. This contribution analyses Article 14 and argues in favour of a text-conform interpretation.

Keywords: Food Safety, Unsafe Food, General principle of EU food law

JEL Classification: K20, K23, K30, K32, Q18

Suggested Citation

van der Meulen, Bernd M.J., The Safe Food Principle. A Critical Reflection on the Key Concept of EU Food Safety Law (October 22, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271027 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3271027

Bernd M.J. Van der Meulen (Contact Author)

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University of Copenhagen - Institute of Food and Resource Economics ( email )

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