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Legislation

Combined meat products are covered by European (and Dutch) legislation on foodstuffs and the European Regulation laying down hygiene rules for meat and meat products (Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of 29 April 2004). Producers of meat and meat products comply with strict legislation, and are supervised by the national governments and inspection bodies.

Labelling of food stuffs in the EU is laid down in Regulation 2000/13/EC. A regulation indicates the results that have to be achieved in a European memberstate. The memberstates are responsible for the implementation in their national legislation (to reach the indicated results).
Regulation 2000/13/EC also indicates that national legislation is applicable for the production of combined meat products.
The European Commission is working on rules covering combined meat products that will apply throughout the European Union