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Foundations of EU Food Law and Policy
Ten Years of the European Food Safety Authority

ISBN 9781138270022
Published October 19, 2016 by Routledge
392 Pages

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This volume presents the viewpoints of academics, food lawyers, industry and consumer representatives as well as those of EU policymakers on the first ten years of activity of one of the most prominent European agencies. Its broader purpose, however, is to discuss the future role played by EFSA within the rapidly-evolving area of EU food law and policy. By revisiting and discussing the milestones in the history of EFSA, the collection provides forward-looking views of food leaders and practitioners on the future scientific and regulatory challenges facing the European Union. In particular, by presenting a critical assessment of the agency’s activities within its different areas of work, the book offers readers a set of innovative tools for evaluating policy recommendations and better equips experts and the public to address pressing regulatory issues in this emotive area of law and policy. Despite its celebratory mood, the book’s focus is more about the future than the past of EU food law and policy. Each chapter discusses how EFSA’s role has evolved and identifies what it should have done differently while presenting an overall assessment of how the agency has discharged its mandate.



Alberto Alemanno is Associate Professor of Law, HEC Paris, and Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University. He was formerly Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice. He has published widely in the areas of Risk, Regulation, and Food policy and Law. Simone Gabbi is Legal Officer at the European Food Safety Authority and holds a PhD in European Food Law from Parma University.


’This book offers not only a fresh perspective on the ’internal’ workings of the EFSA, but also a comprehensive view of the institution as seen from the perspective of other European agencies interacting with EFSA. An excellent book on the law, policy, and polity of the EFSA, it is a very timely publication, and one which will remain relevant for many years to come.' Petros C. Mavroidis, European University Institute, Italy and University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland ’This book presents a comprehensive review and analysis of the origin, history, and accomplishments of the first decade of the European Food Safety Authority, by an impressive group of experts. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in Food Law.’ Peter Barton Hutt, Harvard Law School, USA ’This book is a fascinating read for anyone dealing with food law and policy. Its topic represents at the same time a valuable case-study of regulatory and administrative law in action. An impressive team of authors sketches law, procedure, science and multi-level politics surrounding the past decade of food regulation in the EU. The book focuses on national, European and international regulatory cooperation, as well as dealing with topics on the fault line of law, scientific-based risk regulation and political sensitivities. This combination raises a host of questions which will be relevant well beyond the next decade of food regulation and modern public law.’ Herwig C.H. Hofmann, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg ’This comprehensive edited volume makes an important contribution to the study and understanding of EU food law and the shaping of food policy with a central focus on the European Food Safety Authority. It contains a unique mixture of in-depth study, practical insights and critical analysis and gives food for thought on future challenges. I strongly recommend this impressive book to all academics and practitioners who study, and work with, EU food law and policy.’ Ellen Vos,