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This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the European Union (EU) regulatory framework for feed and food safety legislation and the relevant decision-making process with particular emphasis on mycotoxins. Principles and objectives of the "General Food Law" of the EU are reported and details are provided on the European Food Safety Authority (EF-SA), the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health. The regulatory framework and procedures for setting regulatory limits for contaminants in feed and food are described and relevant information on maximum levels, sampling and analysis, including specific provisions for mycotoxins (updated as of July 2007) is provided. The maximum levels for aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, patulin and major Fusarium toxins (deoxynivalenol, zearalenone, fumonisins, T-2 and HT-2 toxins) in food are given as well as the maximum levels for aflatoxin Bi and ergot alkaloids in feed and guideline levels for ochratoxin A and Fusarium toxins in feed. The principle of a regular updating of the provisions in relation to new developments in technology and science is highlighted.

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