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Selling food online – Basic requirements demanded on food business operators


Internet sale of foodstuffs is one of the forms of distance sale (“distance contract conclusion”) with the use of distance communication tools enabling conclusion of a contract without simultaneous presence of contracting parties.

Pursuant to food legislation, an entity selling foodstuffs over Internet (which is placing on the market) is regarded as a food business operator (FBO) (see Article 3 Para 3 and 3 of Regulation (EC) No. 178/2002) who is responsible for safety, quality, proper labelling of offered products and keeping of other requirements (hygiene, storage, etc.).

FBO has to comply with basic obligations stated below. Moreover, further specific requirements for single food categories may exist as well.

For more information please see the attached document.