Belgium notifies the BELFRIT list of plants to the European Commission / by Sebastian MELCHOR

Belgium has submitted a draft of the Royal Decree amending the Royal Decree of 29 August 1997 on the manufacture and trade of foods composed of or containing plants or plant preparations to the European Commission.

The draft Royal Decree amends the current positive and negative list of plants for the use in foods, incorporating the BELFRIT list of plants into their national legislation. The notification to the European Commission allows the Commission and the Member States to submit objections to the draft during a three-month standstill period. 

The draft Royal Decree allows foods not complying with the new rules to be marketed until exhaustion of stocks and maximum two years after its adoption.