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Small enterprises play a key role in this sector as around 80% of Europe’s food products are produced in SMEs. The UEAPME Food Forum actively monitors the developments in the EU food legislation so as to ensure that the regulations affecting SMEs are fair, feasible and allow hand craft SME food manufacturers to continue to produce food in traditional ways while ensuring consumer safety.

The Food Forum consists of experts from UEAPME member associations who represent the small and medium sized enterprises involved in food producing and processing. At the moment 20 experts from 8 European Member states work together in this forum. They share opinions on proposals for directives and regulations from the European Commission and prepare joint positions for the European Commission and the Parliament.

-  25/02/2016: UEAPME Food Forum Flyer

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Position papers and other documents

-  30/06/2017: UEAPME position paper on the reduction of Acrylamide in food

-  January 2017: UEAPME proposals on EU guidlines for food donation and food measurements

-  September 2016: UEAPME Food Forum position on the reduction of acrylamide in food (Code of practice)

-  08/09/2016: UEAPME-HOTREC joint position on the reduction of acrylamide in food

-  July 2016: UEAPME position on revision of the waste directive on food

-  13/04/2016: UEAPME Food Forum position on evaluation of regulation on nutrition and health claims

-  06/10/2015: UEAPME letter to DG SANTE on food information to consumers

-  October 2015: UEAPME position paper on the draft guidance on HACCP

-  May 2015: UEAPME reply to survey on General Food Law (GFL)

-  June 2014: UEAPME position paper on the Stakeholder Consultation on HACCP

-  April 2014: UEAPME position on the Discussion Paper on the REFIT Fitness Check of Regulation (EU) N° 178/2002 and proposal for a study

-  March 2014: UEAPME position on ‘Food Sustainability’

-  June 2012: UEAPME position on nutrient profiling

- January 2012: UEAPME comments on additional taxes on foods thought to be “unhealthy”

- October 2011: UEAPME comments on the European Commission’s Green Paper on promotion measures and information provision for agricultural products

-  30/09/2011: UEAPME comments on the European Commission’s consultation on inspection fees

-  June 2011: UEAPME position on the impact of direct sales on SMEs

-  02/03/2011: Letter to members of the European Parliament’s ENVI committee on the Food Information to Consumers Regulation

-  08/09/2010: UEAPME statement on Country of Origin Labelling for Foodstuffs

-  04/05/2010: UEAPME position on Country of Origin Labelling for foodstuffs, introduced into to the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers COM(2008) 40 final

-  30/04/2010: UEAPME position on a revision of Regulation (EC) No 1760/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 July 2000 establishing a system for the identification and registration of bovine animals and regarding the labelling of beef and beef products and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97

- 22/01/2010, UEAPME statement: Traffic light labelling? In Brussels, no one speaks about it!
Ampelkennzeichnung? In Brüssel spricht kein Mensch davon!

-  20/11/2009: UEAPME position on Inspection fees from EC 882/2004

-  13/02/2009: UEAPME position on the salt content of foods

-  08/10/2008: Detailed amendments the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers COM(2008) 40 final

-  05/08/2008: Updated UEAPME position on the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers

-  18/04/2008: UEAPME position on the proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers

-  14/12/2007: UEAPME position on the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers

-  01/08/2007: UEAPME position on the Recommendation from the Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits for Flour Dust (SCOEL) of March 2007

-  01/05/2007: UEAPME position on the Draft Instrument 7371/07 and ADDS 1-4 of 14 March 2007 "Food Safety: Risk-Based ‘HACCP’ Requirement for Micro-Businesses"

-  30/10/2006: UEAPME Position Paper on Labelling Requirements

-  30/10/2006: UEAPME Position Paper on Obesity

-  15/06/2006: Response to DG SANCO’s consultative document of February 2006 "Labelling: competitiveness, consumer information and better regulation for the EU"

-  01/03/2005: UEAPME’s position paper on the proposed Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods

-  01/01/2004: UEAPME position paper on the proposal for a regulation on Nutrition, Functional and Health claims made on foods COM (2003) 424 - EN

-  01/01/2004: UEAPME position paper on the proposal for a regulation on Nutrition, Functional and Health claims made on foods COM (2003) 424 - DE

Press releases

-  06/07/2011: Food labelling: final compromise leaves SMEs overall pleased

-  16/06/2010: Food labelling: Parliament gives to SMEs with one hand but takes with the other

-  16/06/2006: Simplified food labelling rules would serve consumers and producers alike

-  17/05/2006: New rules on health claims: good for consumers, good for SMEs?

-  28/03/2006: Health Claims: much remains to be done after Parliament’s Committee vote

-  28/03/2006: Gesundheitsbezogene Angaben auf Lebensmitteln: Es bleibt noch viel zu tun nach der Abstimmung im Umweltausschuss

-  17/12/2004: Food safety: UEAPME welcomes SME-friendly initiatives regarding traceability requirements and hygiene requirements

-  14/01/2004: UEAPME denounces Commission’s Proposal on Health Claims on Food as excessive and unfeasible for SMEs

-  14/01/2004: L’ UEAPME juge la proposition de la Commission sur les allégations nutritionnelles et de santé portant sur les denrées alimentaires excessive et irréalisable pour les PME

-  19/06/2003: Small Businessess and foodstuffs: MEPs join UEAPME’s call against compulsory documentation in artisanal food production process

-  19/06/2003: Kleinbetriebe und Lebensmittel: Europa-Parlamentarier unterstützen die Forderung der UEAPME, auf eine vollständige Dokumentation im handwerklichen Lebensmittelbetrieb zu verzichten

-  03/06/2003: Foodstuff legislation: UEAPME welcomes Commissioner Byrne consideration for small and micro food producers

-  04/06/2003: Lebensmittelgesetzgebung: UEAPME begrüßt die Beachtung von kleinen und kleinsten Lebensmittelherstellern durch Kommissar Byrne

-  10/02/2003: Food and feed controls: Commission includes SMEs concerns in new proposal

Key EU documents

- Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers: EN, FR, DE, IT, other languages

For the hygiene regulation (EC 852/2004 and EC 853/2004) DG SANCO published a guidance document with questions and answers in all community languages as well as guidelines for competent authorities.

- FAQ on flexibility for food business operators: EN; DE; FR; IT; other languages

- Flexibility provisions for competent authorities: EN; DE; FR; IT; other languages

In order to assist Member States and food business operators to better understand the new food hygiene rules, the following documents were prepared by the European Commission:

- 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: EN; DE; FR; IT

- Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs: EN; DE; FR; IT

- Guidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs: EN; DE; FR; IT

- Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 on the hygiene of food of animal origin: EN; DE; FR; IT

- Guidance document on the implementation of certain provisions of Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 on the hygiene of food of animal origin: EN; DE; FR; IT

- Guidance document on the implementation of procedures based on the HACCP principles, and on the facilitation of the implementation of the HACCP principles in certain food businesses: EN; DE; FR; IT

-  Directive 90/496/EEC on Nutrition Labelling for Foodstuffs: Discussion Paper on Revision of Technical Issues (see UEAPME response above)