Veterinary checks, animal health rules, food hygiene

Veterinary checks, animal health rules, food hygiene

Outline of the Community (European Union) legislation about Veterinary checks, animal health rules, food hygiene


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

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Veterinary checks, animal health rules, food hygiene

At the beginning of the 2000s, the European Union introduced an initiative called ‘From the Farm to the Fork’ based on risk analysis and traceability, with the aim of guaranteeing food safety. In line with this approach, foodstuffs are monitored at all susceptible stages of the production chain, in order to make sure that strict hygiene rules are adhered to. The EU also regulates on the trade in animals and animal products between Membe States and with third countries. The EU and its Member States have a number of instruments at their disposal to ensure that these checks are carried out properly, such as the European Food Safety Authority or the TRACES system (TRAde Control and Expert System).


Hygiene package

Additional acts


  • TRACES system
  • CIS system
  • SHIFT system
  • Mutual assistance between national administrations
  • Training of food safety control authorities


General provisions

Specific provisions – Cattle

  • Intra-Community trade of bovine animals and swine
  • Intra-Community trade in bovine pure-bred breeding animals
  • Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine embryos
  • Intra-Community trade in and imports of bovine semen
  • Placing on the market and administration of bovine somatotrophin
  • Identification and labelling of beef and veal

Specific provisions – Pigs

  • Identification and registration of pigs
  • Intra-Community trade in and imports of porcine semen
  • Intra-Community trade in breeding pigs

Specific provisions – Ovine and caprine animals

  • Identification and registration of ovines and caprines
  • Intra-Community trade in ovine and caprine animals
  • Intra-Community trade in pure-bred breeding sheep and goats

Specific provisions – Bird species

  • Bird imports
  • Intra-Community trade in poultry and hatching eggs
  • Production and marketing of eggs and chicks

Specific provisions – Equidae

  • Intra-Community movement and importation of equidae
  • Intra-Community trade in equidae and their semen, ova and embryos
  • Competitions and intra-Community trade in equidae

Specific provisions – Meat and meat-based products

Other specific provisions

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