Laws 2013, 2(2), 69-98; doi:10.3390/laws2020069
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The Structure of European Food Law

Received: 23 February 2013; in revised form: 4 April 2013 / Accepted: 7 April 2013 / Published: 16 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Food Safety Law and Policy)
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Abstract: This contribution lays bare the structure of EU food law as it appears from scholarly analysis at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The structure of EU food law can be used as a framework for teaching, application, further analysis and comparison to food law approaches in other parts of the world. From this analysis, food law emerges as a functional area of law. Core elements are: (1) the objectives of EU food law to protect consumers’ interests; (2) the principles of risk analysis and precaution; (3) obligations on businesses regarding the products they place on the market, the processes they apply and their communication towards consumers; and (4) public powers of law enforcement and incident management.
Keywords: EU food law; functional area of law; Wageningen; system; structure
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van der Meulen, B.M. The Structure of European Food Law. Laws 2013, 2, 69-98.

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van der Meulen BM. The Structure of European Food Law. Laws. 2013; 2(2):69-98.

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van der Meulen, Bernd M. 2013. "The Structure of European Food Law." Laws 2, no. 2: 69-98.

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