The applicable legislation for MVO companies in the area of quality and safety has mainly been laid down at European level. In case of an EU Regulation all provisions have direct enforcement in all the EU member states. An EU Directive has to be implemented in National Law (like the Dutch “Warenwet”) to become effective.

In this part of the website you will find an overview of the legislation regarding general food laws, contaminants, pesticides, animal fats, transport and packaging, hygiene and control. In addition, information on global applicable (Codex) rules concerning the abovementioned topics has also been added.

MVO has a seat in many consultative bodies on future legislation concerning abovementioned topics and tries to contribute to the realisation of legislation that does not lead to insurmountable objectives for the oils and fat sector in daily practice.

MVO is working closely together with the national (Vernof and VVS) and European sector organisations (FEDIOL and EFPRA) in advocating MVO companies regarding upcoming legislation.


The General Food Law or Regulation 178/2002/EC contains the basic principles of European food legislation. Other European food safety legislation concerning hygiene, contaminants and controls is based upon the principles in this law.

The Codex Standard for Named Vegetable Oils is one of the standards developed by Codex Committee of Fats and Oils (CCFO) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission. It contains a number of quality parameters for vegetable oils and some limits for contaminants as well as rules concerning additives and labelling en methods of analysis and sampling at global level.

More information on the General Food Law and Codex Alimentarius (including the CCFO standards) can be found here.

Last modified: September 12, 2018 17:40