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Laws 2013, 2(2), 69-98; doi:10.3390/laws2020069

The Structure of European Food Law

Law and Governance Group, Wageningen University, Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN Wageningen, The Netherlands; E-Mail:
Received: 23 February 2013 / Revised: 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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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 EU food law; functional area of law; Wageningen; system; structure
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