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Law on Food.

Country/Territory
Bulgaria
Document type
Legislation
Date
1999
Source
FAO, FAOLEX
Subject
Food & nutrition
Keyword
Food quality control/food safety Mineral water GMO Packaging/labelling Processing/handling Registration Transport/storage Authorization/permit International trade Offences/penalties
Geographical area
Black Sea, Eastern Europe, Europe, EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, European Union Countries
Entry into force notes
This Law enters into force on 1 January 2005, except for Art. 53, para 3, which enters into force on 1 January 2006. Last amendments entered into force on 1 January 2018.
Abstract

This Law provides for the observance of requirements for production and trade in foodstuffs, prevention of activities regarding the foodstuffs and creation of a possibility for the consumers to exercise their right to informed choice of foodstuffs offered on the market. The Law consists of 52 articles divided into 8 Chapters: General provisions (I); Requirements for the foodstuffs (II); Requirements for the packing, labelling and advertisement of the foodstuffs (III); Production and trade in foodstuffs (IV); Import and export of foodstuffs (V); State control over the foodstuffs (VI); Professional organizations of the producers of foodstuffs (VII); Administrative penal provisions (VIII). The Minister of Health and the Minister of Environment and Water shall determine by ordinances the list of substances which can be used for the production of materials and objects that enter into contact with foodstuffs, etc. (art. 8). In carrying out economic activity with foodstuffs, the producers and the traders shall be obliged to observe the hygiene of foodstuffs requirements and to comply with the good production practice in the production and trade of foodstuffs. A new foodstuff or a food component shall be let on the market by permit of the Minister of Health, upon assessment of the possible risks of injuring human health (art. 19). A National Council for Safety of Foodstuffs at the Council of Ministers for the coordination of the state policy for the safety of the foodstuffs shall be established (arts. 34 to 36).

Full text
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Website
dv.parliament.bg

References - Legislation

Implemented by

Regulation No 2 of 19 May 2004 on certain epoxy derivatives used in the production of materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2004

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Residues, Toxicity/poisoning, Packaging/labelling, Processing/handling

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No 2 of 6 January 2017 on the adoption of the Ordinance on the specific requirements for casein and caseinates intended for human consumption.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2017

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Milk/dairy products, Processing/handling, Packaging/labelling

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No 5 of 9 February 2015 fixing the maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2015

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, MRL-maximum residue limit, Institution

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No 4 of 3 February 2015 on requirements for the use of food additives.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2015

Keyword: Food additives, Food quality control/food safety, Processing/handling

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No. 1 of 26 January 2016 on food hygiene.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2016

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Processing/handling, Transport/storage

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No. 108 of 12 September 2006 on the quality and quality control requirements for fresh fruits and vegetables.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2006

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Fruits/edible nuts, Vegetables/legumes, Registration, Packaging/labelling, Certification, Classification/declassification

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No. 2 of 23 January 2015 on the maximum levels of pesticide residues in or on food.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2015

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, MRL-maximum residue limit, Pesticides, Inspection, Procedural matters

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No. 2 of 23 January 2008 on materials and plastic articles intended to come into contact with food.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2008

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Packaging/labelling, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Inspection, Biosafety

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Decree No. 178 of 23 July 2004 adopting the Regulation on requirements for bottled natural mineral, spring and table waters intended for drinking purposes.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2004

Keyword: Mineral water, Food quality control/food safety, Residues, Internal trade, Processing/handling

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation No. 1 of 28 January 2015 on contractual relations in milk sector and on conditions and procedure for the recognition of producer organizations, their associations and inter-branch organizations in milk and milk products sector.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2015

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Early warning system/emergency intervention system, Data collection/reporting, Procedural matters, Animal feed/feedstuffs, Animal health

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation the organization of the activity of the Conciliation Commission under the Law on food.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2021

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Consumer protection, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Procedural matters, Institution

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation № 2 of 20 January 2021 on the specific requirements for the safety and quality of food offered in kindergartens, school canteens and retail outlets on the territory of schools and kindergartens, as well as for food offered at organized events for children and students.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2021

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, School feeding, Standards, Milk/dairy products, Meat, Fish products, Potable water, Mineral water, Oils/oilseeds/fats, Vegetables/legumes, Fruits/edible nuts, Treated food, Cereals/grains/rice

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Regulation on the organization of activities of the National Food Council.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2020

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Institution, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Ordinance № 5 of 30 September 2020 on the health requirements for food-producing animals.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2020

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Processing/handling, Standards

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Ordinance № 7 of 18 February 2021 on the terms and conditions for issuing the sticker that certifies the registration of food transport vehicles.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2021

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Packaging/labelling, Procedural matters, Transport/storage

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Decree № 97 of 19 March 2021 on the adoption of an Ordinance on the provision of information to consumers about food.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2021

Keyword: Packaging/labelling, Consumer protection, Food quality control/food safety, Access-to-information, Nutrition

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Amended by

Law of Health.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2004

Keyword: Hazardous substances, Noise pollution, Pollution control, Radiation, Public health, Right to clean/healthy environment, Human rights, Gender, Food quality control/food safety, Water supply, Potable water, Water quality standards

Source: FAO, FAOLEX

Repealed by

Law on food.

Legislation | Bulgaria | 2020

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, Legal proceedings/administrative proceedings, Basic legislation, Consumer protection, Cooperative/producer organization, Business/industry/corporations, Enforcement/compliance, Food additives, GMO, HACCP, Processing/handling, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Inspection, Internal trade, International relations/cooperation, International trade, Packaging/labelling, Monitoring, Offences/penalties, Public health, Treated food, Food security

Source: FAO, FAOLEX