The European Council of Ministers has launched a major overhaul of the EU food safety system and the way scientific advice feeds into policy making, with new regulations setting out the guiding principles of EU food legislation. The move completes the first phase of the reform of food law launched by the Prodi Commission in its White Paper on food safety published in January 2000. Regulations include common requirements for traceability on food and animal feed, procedures for product recall, and notification of unsafe food to competent authorities. They also set out procedures for dealing with emergencies. A new alert system for feeding stuffs will also be integrated into the existing rapid alert system for food, which allows for rapid communication between member states on dangerous substances found in food. {{NEWS }}