Legislation

Legislation relevant for mycotoxins and plant toxins.
Last update: March 20, 2018.

EURL and NRL tasks

  • Regulation (EU) 2017/625 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (consolidated version 07.04.2017)

    • Article 94 Responsibilities and tasks EURL
    • Article 101 Responsibilities and tasks NRL  

General law

  • Regulation (EEC) No 315/93 laying down Community procedures for contaminants in food (consolidated version 07.08.2009)  
  • Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety "The General Food Law (GFL)" (consolidated version 30.06.2014)  
  • Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs (consolidated version 20.04.2009)      
  • Regulation (EC) No 183/2005 laying down requirements for feed hygiene (consolidated version 23.04.2016)  

Methods of sampling and analysis

  • Regulation (EU) 2017/625 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules (consolidated version 07.04.2017)

    • Article 34 Methods used for sampling and analyses
    • Annex III Characterisation of methods of analysis  
  • Regulation (EC) No 401/2006 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of the levels of mycotoxins in foodstuffs (consolidated version 01.07.2014)  
  • Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 laying down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed (consolidated version 24.05.2017)  
  • Regulation (EC) No 1882/2006 laying down methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of the levels of nitrates in certain foodstuffs  

    • Regulation (EU) 2015/705 laying down methods of sampling and performance criteria for the methods of analysis for the official control of the levels of erucic acid in foodstuffs and repealing Commission Directive 80/891/EEC  

    Maximum levels, guidance values and indicative levels

    • Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs (consolidated version 28.07.2017)

      • Contains maximum levels      
    • Directive 2002/32/EC on undesirable substances in animal feed (consolidated version 25.12.2017)

      • Contains maximum levels      
    • Recommendation 2006/576/EC on the presence of deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, ochratoxin A, T-2 and HT-2 and fumonisins in products intended for animal feeding (consolidated version 02.08.2016) -       Contains guidance values      
    • Recommendation 2013/165/EU on the presence of T-2 and HT-2 toxin in cereals and cereal products    

      • Contains indicative levels

      Miscellaneous limits in other regulation

      • Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides in food and feed of plant and animal origin  

        • Contains maximum residue levels for some plant toxins used as plant protection product      
        • EU pesticides database      
      • Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin

        • Contains maximum residue limits for some plant toxins used as veterinary drug (Annex, table 1) plus a ban on use of certain plants as veterinary drug (Annex, table 2)
      • Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information

        • Contains labelling requirements for food products containing certain plant toxins      
      • Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 on novel foods     

        • Union list of novel foods – for some novel foods maximum limits for plant toxins are mentioned in the specifications of the novel food products

      Additional recommendations on monitoring and prevention