Belgium code for using chemicals in food and feed
The Federation of the Belgium Chemical Industries (Fedichem), the Federation
for the Food industry (Fevia) and the cooperative of the Belgium feed producers
(Bemefa) have developed a code of conduct regarding the use of chemicals in food
and feed. This code was established in close cooperation with the Belgium Food
This code is a result of the incidence last spring, when dioxins were found
in gelatine through contaminated hydrochloric acid. The contaminated gelatine
was used in animal feed and caused many problems in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. The
FAVV then asked all the parties involved to initiate new ideas to prevent such
scares from happening in the food chain.
The code describes the responsibilities and roles of
the sectors. The general principles of the code include good communication
between producers and distributors and buyers of the chemical compounds.
Contract agreements should make the distribution of chemical compounds more
traceable and clear.
The code has been
signed on the 5th of December by Fedichem, Fevia and Bemefa in presence of the
Belgium Minister of Public Health, Rudy Demotte. The FAVV sees this code as a
new milestone regarding food safety in Belgium.
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