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7 September 2017

European Directives on food irradiation: Have your voice heard

The Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission has decided to undertake an evaluation of Directive 1999/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 February 1999 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning foods and food ingredients treated with ionising radiation. This process known as roadmap aims at assessing, in the light of the experience gained and technical progress made if the Directive is still fit for purpose. The evaluation criteria are relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, EU-added value and coherence. The need for any changes to the legislation will then be determined.

The document presenting this evaluation can be found here

We would like to encourage all our members from industry, research institutes and academia, whether they are from the European Union or not, to send their feedback on the questions listed in paragraph C2 of the document.

Over the past two decades, the European Directives on food irradiation have restricted the international trade of irradiated food and have had a global negative effect on the expansion of a technology that is safe and beneficial to consumers by improving microbial safety, reducing the use of pesticides and preservatives, and reducing spoilage. It is therefore important that the voice of the irradiation community be as strong as the individuals and organisations who will undoubtedly oppose any change. By joining forces we might obtain that the evolution of the EU food irradiation regulations be based on science and that it will take both the interests of the consumers and our industry into account.

The feedback is to be given on this page in any of the EU languages. The feedback period ends on 3 October 2017.

For any comment or suggestion to the iia please contact Yves Henon.