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Document 41990X1231(04)

Conclusions of the Council and the Ministers for Health, meeting within the Council of 3 December 1990 on the safety of food and drink and water intended for human consumption

OJ C 329, 31.12.1990, p. 19–20 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT)

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41990X1231(04)

Conclusions of the Council and the Ministers for Health, meeting within the Council of 3 December 1990 on the safety of food and drink and water intended for human consumption

Official Journal C 329 , 31/12/1990 P. 0019 - 0021


CONCLUSIONS OF THE COUNCIL AND THE MINISTERS FOR HEALTH, MEETING WITHIN THE COUNCIL of 3 December 1990 on the safety of food and drink and water intended for human consumption (90/C 329/05)

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES AND THE MINISTERS FOR HEALTH, MEETING WITHIN THE COUNCIL, Whereas, with the single market in prospect, the regulatory innovations so far introduced into Community rules under the Single European Act must be developed further to ensure the reasonable protection of public health in a system based on free movement of foodstuffs; Whereas, whenever Community harmonization is lacking or inadequate, the diversity of national legislation frequently gives rise to difficulties in trade and, at any rate, to an increase in disputes and may have adverse repercussions on public health protection; Recognize that the chief task of the Community in this situation is to take coordinated and thorough action to adopt as soon as possible, and at all events by the end of 1992, effective rules, particularly in priority sectors where a high level of health protection has to be attained; Consider that the implementation of such action must take account of the fact that the protection of public health has long been the basic aim of Community foodstuffs and water regulations and is not merely a question of adopting new rules but also of coordinating, updating and amplifying existing ones and guaranteeing, through effective, uniform application, that they are actually complied with; Recognize that the Commission must play an important role in the success of such action and that the Commission needs to take the necessary steps to bring unity to the differing approaches within the Commission itself, with precedence being given to the aim of protecting public health; Emphasize that, in order to ensure more effective health protection, uniform legislative principles and approaches should be adopted for the foodstuffs, agricultural and veterinary sectors as well as for the environment and the safety of water intended for human consumption; Emphasize the need for the involvement of the Council and of the Ministers for Health, inter alia adequate information, enabling a contribution to be made, in particular, by formulating general health objectives and criteria, to decisions in the foodstuffs and water sector on matters involving the protection of public health.

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