Spain Markets 39 Products that do not conform to the EU Food Legislation
The European Commission (EC) has launched a control program to identify foods offered for sale at a distance that do not comply with EU food legislation. In total, 779 unauthorized offers, 351 new foods and 428 food supplements with medicinal properties have been identified.
The objective of the program was to encourage member states to identify and control websites that offer products that do not fit EU parameters. Finally, 25 member states plus Norway and Switzerland participated.
Of the 1,077 websites analyzed, 32 are Spanish. The count of products identified as unauthorized by the EU managed from Spain has been 39 cases, 18 new products (novel food) and 21 food supplements.
Notifications of unfit products have been identified by the Rapid Food Alert System (RASFF) and Administrative Assistance and Cooperation System (AAC).
The program has identified that 65% of the unauthorized products were established distributors in the country of the respective authority, 20% located in another member state, and 15% in third countries.
The measures that have been taken with respect to the companies and products identified as unauthorized, have been the most varied. Although not mandatory, up to 440 cases have been treated. Closure of websites, fines and inspections of the distributors’ facilities, have been some of the actions that have been taken against them.
The European Commission considers its objective fulfilled: to involve member states in the control of electronic commerce and to cooperate with third countries.
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