Food safety: general provisions

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Food safety: general provisions

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Food safety: general provisions


These categories group together and put in context the legislative and non-legislative initiatives which deal with the same topic.

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Food safety: general provisions

The current food safety policy is based on a series of principles established or updated at the beginning of the 2000s. These principles, applied in line with the integrated approach ‘From the Farm to the Fork’ specifically include transparency, risk analysis and prevention, the protection of consumer interests and the free circulation of safe and high-quality products within the internal market and with third countries. A certain number of bodies, in particular, the European Food Safety Authority, are responsible for helping to guarantee food safety. Research is also an important element of the food safety policy.


  • Food and feed safety
  • The precautionary principle
  • Improving communication on agricultural product quality
  • Ecolabel
  • Production and labelling of organic products
  • Sustainable Consumption, Production and Industry Action Plan
  • Training of food safety control authorities
  • Geographical Indications and Designations of Origin
  • Traditional specialities guaranteed
  • Green Paper on agricultural product quality


  • Veterinary and phytosanitary inspections
  • Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health
  • Assistance and cooperation with scientific examination
  • Executive Agency for Health and Consumers

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