The objectives of the study are to examine the feasibility (covering all possible issues linked with setting up and running a database) of an electronic storage system providing public access to “regulated information” about labelling of food products (both of a general and specific nature) pursuant the obligations of EU legislation and Member States’ legislation/regulations and to evaluate the potential usage/effectiveness of such a system to suppliers and retailers, and possibly also to final consumers. This could be assessed, for example, in terms of the number and the share of business operators who would use it, the frequency of using it, the importance of the information provided in the Database for business decisions, etc.
The study also aims to evaluate the costs and benefits of such a system considering the different options identified and assessed for setting up a Database, including the continuing costs for the maintenance and the updating of the Database. Finally, the study should provide analytical conclusions as regards the best option for a possible database and steps to be taken to set it up.
Link to the final report: http://ec.europa.eu/DocsRoom/documents/9058/attachments/1/translations/en/renditions/native