The laws, regulations and administrative provisions governing food in general and food safety in particular, whether at Community or national level, covers any stage of production, processing and distribution of food, and also of feed produced for, or fed to, food-producing animals.
Food laws came into existence for a number of reasons: –
- To maintain the quality of food produced in the country.
- To prevent exploitation of the consumer by sellers. This could only be done by making consumers aware of what to expect in terms of quality when they buy food.
- To safeguard the health of consumers.
- To establish criteria for quality of food products.