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Notification of Traditional Foods from Third Countries as Novel Foods – Which lessons can be learned after a few years of implementation? Journal Artikel

Joana Oliveira, Francesco Montanari, Inês Ferreira

European Food and Feed Law Review, Jahrgang 17 (2022), Ausgabe 6, Seite 386 - 398

This article provides an analysis of the notifications of traditional foods (TFs) from third countries (TCs) at European Union (EU) level that were submitted from the entry into application of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods (1st January 2018) until 1st October 2022, with a view to gaining a better understanding of the implementation of this new procedure. To this end, both notifications of TFs already approved by the European Commission (EC) (nine in total) and those currently awaiting approval (eight) were examined. As a result of the analysis performed, insights are given into the type of products notified, their origin, the identity of the applicants and the country where the latter are based, the overall duration of the notification procedure and the impact that the lack of data protection may have on the approval pathway that applicants ultimately decide to follow, among others. These research findings can be useful for prospective novel foods applicants targeting the EU market as well as for all policymakers and regulators dealing with food innovation and international trade.

Reducing Use and Risk from Pesticides in the EU – In the Quest for Sound Legal Definitions Journal Artikel

Corrado Finardi, Francesco Montanari

European Food and Feed Law Review, Jahrgang 16 (2021), Ausgabe 6, Seite 492 - 500

Commonly referred to as 'PPPs', plant protection products and their residues are one of the most prominent topics in the context of the current sustainability agenda of the European Union (EU). In particular, their reduction is a political goal in itself, which should contribute to delivering on the ambitions of the EU in ensuring better protection of human health and the environment. Against this background, this article provides an overview of the current policy initiatives at EU level, which constitute the framework under which their reduction is to take place (Sections I-III). Moreover, the article reflects on the need and the benefits that may stem from the elaboration of specific definitions at EU level for ‘chemical pesticides’ and ‘more hazardous substances’, which are the hearth of the sustainability goals that the EU is currently pursuing, following the adoption of the European Green Deal and other relevant subsequent policy initiatives, including the Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy (Section IV).

The Response of the EU Agri-Food Chain to the COVID-19 Pandemic:Chronicles from the EU and Selected Member States Journal Artikel

Francesco Montanari, Sarah Arayess, Toma Barbarasa, Alberta Clavarino, Inês Ferreira, Aude Mahy, Stelios Margaritis, Alicja Michałowska, Christina Schröck, Arthur Servé, Agnieszka-Szymecka Wesolowska, Cesare Varallo, Pilar Velázquez González

European Food and Feed Law Review, Jahrgang 15 (2020), Ausgabe 4, Seite 336 - 356

This research article aims at providing a preliminary assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the EU agri-food sector between March and May 2020. To this end, an analysis of the policy and legislative measures adopted during this period at EU level is first provided. Then, national experiences of nine Member States – i.e. Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain – are described in detail, illustrating, for each country, the most relevant impacts and responses by competent authorities and stakeholders alike. Overall, whilst one can conclude that the EU agri-food sector has shown a high degree of resilience at the onset of the pandemic, the latter has nevertheless revealed its vulnerability to external threats and, with it, the need to guarantee a proper level of preparedness to ensure, in future, food security on the EU market during similar crisis.