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EU Food Law

Protecting Consumers and Health in a Common Market

By: Caoimhín MacMaoláin
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Published: 01-03-2007
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 320
ISBN: 9781847313515
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Modern Studies in European Law
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About EU Food Law

This is the first comprehensive analysis of the European Union law of food regulation. It details the way in which EU law impacts upon the production and sale of food throughout the Union. It examines the legal protection accorded to the free movement of food within the EU, discussing those circumstances in which Member States may derogate from this principle, in particular where this is done to protect human health or safeguard consumer interests. Chapter four discusses and places in context the international trade law influences on EU food law. Chapter five describes EU responses to recent food safety crises - avian influenza and BSE. The book also deals with issues such as nutrition law and policy, obesity, GMOs, organic food, animal welfare and food naming and labelling. This book offers an account of the historical, political, sociological and jurisprudential context of European Union food law. The author, who is an academic and consultant in this area, translates the legal and scientific complexities of food law into a lucid and compelling narrative. The resulting work will also prove an indispensable guide to the practitioner.

Table Of Contents

1 Regulating the Food Industry
2 Free Movement of Food in the EU
3 Harmonising Food Standards in the EU: Labelling, Naming and Quality Preservation
4 International Influences on EU Food Law
5 Food Safety in the EU
6 Nutrition Law and Policy in the EU
7 Contemporary Considerations for EU Food Law


“...the author provides a well-documented resource, which covers concisely and comprehensively the scope of EU food law...The book's topic is both timely and important, and it is likely to prove of interest to a wide range of readers interested in either globalization and trade law in general, or the topic of food health and safety regulation in particular.” –  Caitilin Rabbitt, Law and Politics Book Review, Vol. 17 No. 9, September 2007

“…a thorough and thought-provoking dissection of EU food law and its faults, which certainly deserves a space on the shelf of any lawyer who advises food sector clients.” –  Brian Harley, Law Society Gazette

“MacMaoláin's book, based on a detailed and documented analysis of selected pieces of legislation and case law, provides the reader with an interesting perspective and a synthetic analysis of the complex area of food law and some of its practical problems.” –  Stéphanie Mahieu, Common Market Law Review, Volume 45 Issue 1, 2008

“[MacMaolain's] monograph is the first detailed, critical analysis of this rapidly developing area of Community law. In light of the economic importance of the food sector in the EU, as well as the importance of food to European consumers in terms of both health and culture, this work was long overdue, and there is no doubt that it will prove useful to academics and practitioners alike...EU food law is a fast moving area and MacMaolain has shown that he has developed a
wide-ranging expertise in this field.
” –  Amandine Garde, European Public Law, 14:3

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