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Creating an Integrated European Policy on Food Quality: How Can the Law Contribute to the Conservation of Human Health?

Maria El Gemayel

Abolishing trade barriers has always been a priority of the single market. Coupled with a current food law that mainly focuses on safety, the effects of this system on overall food quality have today become quite pronounced. The lack of strong EU regulations imposing specific quality standards often leads to questionable food quality, as the existing but loose regulations considerably narrow the application of available protective principles. This article considers a reform of harmonisation targeting and connecting EU legislation at several existing levels to offer a nuance of legislation in a way that modifies the core of the problem. This reform puts the food industry under the scrutiny of a legislative system aiming to prove safety rather than ruling out unsafety. By prioritising human health, it aims to bend the curve of rapidly increasing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) related to low-quality processed foods, which dominate today’s market and have become a staple in the modern diet.

Associate, Al Jad LLP Beirut, Lebanon.


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