Food law is a cross-cutting regulation between consumer protection, hazard prevention and commercial law. It regulates the handling and production of food, and it includes legal and administrative provisions for food at both European
and Member State level.
Food law should not only protect the health of the population against food crises, for example, but should also regulate competition on the food markets through quality requirements and protection standards. The obligation of state
authority in Germany results from Article 2 (2) of the Basic Law (GG) in conjunction with the principle of the welfare state pursuant to Article 20 (1) GG.
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