Food and Feed Legislation

Food Hygiene

EU 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 hygiene rules are in force since 1 January 2006 and deal with these elements:

The hygiene rules take particular account of the following principles:

  • the food business operator has the primary responsibility for food safety
  • food safety must be ensured throughout the food chain, starting with primary production;
  • general implementation of procedures based on the HACCP principles.