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Legislative Decree No. 27/2021 concerning conversion into national legislation of the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 pursuant to article 12, letters a), b), c), d) and e) of Law No. 117/2019.

Type of law

This Act is aimed at adapting the national provisions in force to the provisions of Regulation (EU) 2017/625, hereinafter Regulation.
Art. 2 establishes competent authorities and distinguishes functions and powers among Ministry for Health, Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Ministry of Defence as well as Police department, judicial branch and other officials of the administrative sector. The Ministry of health is the competent authority to plan, program, perform, monitor and report on control activities and proceed to the adoption of the actions enforceable pursuant to articles 137 and 138 of the Regulation, and make decisions on administrative sanctions on the following sectors: a) foods, including novel foods, and food safety, at all stages of production, processing and distribution of food including rules on claims nutritional and their involvement in maintaining the state of health provided on food products, also with reference to food containing allergens and food consisting of, containing or derived from GMOs, as well as the manufacture and use of materials and objects intended to come into contact with food; b) animal feed and feed safety at any stage of the production, processing, distribution and use, also with reference to feed consisting of, containing or derived from GMOs; c) animal health; d) animal by-products and derived products for the purpose prevention and minimization of health risks for man and animals; e) animal welfare; f) requirements for the marketing and use of phytosanitary products, the sustainable use of pesticides, with the exception pesticide application equipment. Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies is competent for maintaining communication among competent authorities, and the Minister for Health is responsible for maintaining collaboration with the European Commission.
Art. 3 establishes that the Minister for Health is the competent authority for set up and regularly update a multi-annual national control plan (MANCP)to be approved following the modalities established under Art. 109 of the Regulation. Art. 4 concerns official controls and other activities; the competent authorities, procedures and transparency requirements. Art. 5 distinguishes between a) minor non-compliance and b) major non-compliance and provides for the measures and actions. Art. 6 establishes obligations of food operators. Art. 7 and Art. 8 allows opposing expert report and appeal by the food operator. Art. 9 and 10 an 11 provide guidance on laboratories. Art. 12 concerns the food operator register. Art 13 regulates cold stores on freezer. Art. 14 provides for the discipline of veterinary medicines traceability and medicated feeds. Art. 16 regulates slaughtering for non-commercial purposes. Art. 17 is about food additives.
Date of text
Entry into force notes
Entry into force 2 March 2021.
Serial Imprint
Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana No. 120 of 11 March 2021.
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Legislation Amendment
Original title
Decreto Legislativo 2 febbraio 2021, n. 27 Disposizioni per l'adeguamento della normativa nazionale alle disposizioni del regolamento (UE) 2017/625 ai sensi dell'articolo 12, lettere a), b), c), d) ed e) della legge 4 ottobre 2019, n. 117.