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Risk Regulation in Non-Animal Food Imports

The European Union Approach


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the Chemistry of Foods book sub series (BRIEFSCHEFO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Veronika Jezsó
    Pages 97-99
  3. Francesco Montanari, Veronika Jezsó, Carlo Donati
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This Brief aims at providing a general understanding of the rationale – scientific as well as political – behind EU policy and related risk management decisions in the area on non-animal food imports. Lately, various menaces associated with imported food and feed of non-animal origin appeared in the media: imported sprout seeds contaminated with E. coli, strawberries containing hepatitis A or noro viruses, to name but a few, are now as much discussed as the different well-known meat scandals. The authors explain the reinforced official controls at EU borders on certain imports of non-animal origin and the wide range of EU measures that currently foresee trade restrictions for imports presenting chemical and non-chemical ‘high risks’ from a public health perspective (so-called ‘emergency measures’). The Brief closely examines chemical (and also non-chemical) risks associated with imports of non-animal origin and their impact on human health. The authors also consider the role risk analysis is playing to underpin risk-management decisions at EU level, including the scientific output by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Chemical Risks of Non-animal Food Imports Contaminants in Non-animal Food E. Coli Contaminated Sprout Seeds EU Border Controls EU Policy for Non-animal Food Imports Virus Containing Strawberries

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.BudapestHungary
  3. 3.RomaItaly

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