Risk Regulation in Non-Animal Food Imports

The European Union Approach

  • Francesco Montanari
  • Veronika Jezsó
  • Carlo Donati

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the Chemistry of Foods book sub series (BRIEFSCHEFO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Veronika Jezsó
    Pages 97-99
  3. Francesco Montanari, Veronika Jezsó, Carlo Donati
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This Brief aims at providing a general understanding of the rationale – scientific as well as political – behind EU policy and related risk management decisions in the area on non-animal food imports. Lately, various menaces associated with imported food and feed of non-animal origin appeared in the media: imported sprout seeds contaminated with E. coli, strawberries containing hepatitis A or noro viruses, to name but a few, are now as much discussed as the different well-known meat scandals. The authors explain the reinforced official controls at EU borders on certain imports of non-animal origin and the wide range of EU measures that currently foresee trade restrictions for imports presenting chemical and non-chemical ‘high risks’ from a public health perspective (so-called ‘emergency measures’). The Brief closely examines chemical (and also non-chemical) risks associated with imports of non-animal origin and their impact on human health. The authors also consider the role risk analysis is playing to underpin risk-management decisions at EU level, including the scientific output by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Chemical Risks of Non-animal Food Imports Contaminants in Non-animal Food E. Coli Contaminated Sprout Seeds EU Border Controls EU Policy for Non-animal Food Imports Virus Containing Strawberries

Authors and affiliations

  • Francesco Montanari
    • 1
  • Veronika Jezsó
    • 2
  • Carlo Donati
    • 3
  1. 1.LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.BudapestHungary
  3. 3.RomaItaly

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