Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law
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Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law

Edited by Joseph A. McMahon and Michael N. Cardwell

Following the conclusion of the latest round of reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in 2013, the Research Handbook on EU Agriculture Law provides an up-to-date discussion of these reforms and the changing landscape in which the CAP now operates.
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Chapter 17: Food safety policy in a time of technofoods: Risk, governance and legal issues relating to nanofoods

Luc Bodiguel and Alessandra Di Lauro


On reading the information supplied by the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), one could (at least, in jest) present the long list of topics covered by food safety policy as follows: A stone, two houses, three ruins, four gravediggers, a flower garden, a raccoon, a dozen oysters, a lemon, bread, a ray of sunshine, a groundswell, six musicians, a door with her mat, a gentleman decorated with the Légion d’Honneur, another raccoon . . . Food safety policy is indeed directed to diverse fields of application, such as: foodstuffs; veterinary checks; food hygiene; traceability; genetically modified organisms (GMOs); animal nutrition, welfare and health; and plant health. And, to continue the Prévert-style inventory, the various fields of application may themselves be broken down into their constituent parts: for example, the regulation of foodstuffs encompasses, inter alia, organic products, geographical indications and designations of origin, food information to consumers and food labelling.

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