Food Safety

Audit Report published - 2017-6111

2017-6111 - Animal health - rabies - Greece GR

15 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6099

2017-6099 - Animal Welfare - Transport - Hungary HU

15 January 2018

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Today, the Commission has published its report (Staff Working Document) on the fitness check of the General Food Law. This evaluation, launched in 2014, assesses whether the GFL Regulation, including its principles as applied in subsequent legislation, is still 'fit for purpose', taking also current trends and needs, and whether there is potential for simplification and the reduction of regulatory costs and burdens.

Overall, GFL has achieved its core objectives, notably a high protection of human health and consumers' interests, as well as a smooth functioning of the internal market. The document also puts forward some challenges, including differences in the implementation and enforcement of certain requirements at national level, or the need for more transparency as regards risk assessment, in particular in the context of authorisations.

All important documents related to this publication available on our "Fitness Check of General Food Law" webpage.

Audit Report published - 2017-6125

2017-6125 - Animal welfare - tail-docking of pigs - Netherlands NL

12 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6197

2017-6197 - evaluate the monitoring and reporting of antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic and commensal bacteria in certain food-producing animal populations and food - Lithuania LT

11 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6144

2017-6144 - Import controls for plant health - France FR

10 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6216

2017-6216 - Xylella fastidiosa - Spain ES

10 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6077

2017-6077 - PDO, PGI and TSG for agricultural products and foodstuffs - Germany DE

10 January 2018

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Audit Report published - 2017-6171

2017-6171 - Export controls - plants and plant products - Mali ML

19 December 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6062

2017-6062 - Food information to consumers - Portugal PT
13 December 2017

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Novel Foods

New autthorisation letters added

  • Tetraselmis chuii
  • Chia seeds – extension of use in sterilised ready meals based on cereal grains, pseudocereal grains and/or pulses

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Food Fraud

The contact list of the members of the EU Food Fraud Network has been updated

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Audit Report published - 2017-6225

2017-6225 - Food and Veterinary Office - Poultry meat - Bosnia and Herzegovina - BA
11 December 2017

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At the second Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) seminar on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures and Food Safety, experts concluded that they will continue to work on food safety using the ''One Health'' approach that recognises that human and animal health are linked to each other and the environment. They also stressed the importance of the confidence building and that health issues should be addressed collaboratively, across sectors, disciplines and borders.

Read more: Global Food Safety Should Be Based on ''One Health'' Approach, ASEM Partners conclude

Audit Report published - 2017-6262

2017-6262 - Export controls - plants and plant products - Ghana GH
29 November 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6063

2017-6063 - Food information to consumers - Lithuania LT
28 November 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6019

2017-6019 - Import controls-documentary checks
27 November 2017

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The 2016 annual report on the work of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has been published. The 2016 report introduces Sankey charts and country fact sheets, giving a deeper insight in the data on the activity of RASFF in 2016.

Activity in RASFF in 2016 was at a higher level than ever before. Compared to 2015, the number of alerts rose by 9% to 847 and alert follow-ups by 16% to 4666; while the total number of exchanges through RASFF was well above 10 000.

Read more: The RASFF 2016 annual report is published

Audit Report published - 2017-6186

2017-6186 - Residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products - Serbia RS
15 November 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6012

2017-6012 - Sustainable use of pesticides - Netherlands NL
11 November 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6013

2017-6013 - Sustainable use of pesticides - Germany DE
11 November 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6007

2017-6007 - Sustainable use of pesticides - Denmark DK
11 November 2017

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Today in Madrid, the European Commission will organise the first of a series of 15 workshops under the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme on the prevention and control of AMR in the context of an overall One Health approach. The three-day practical training sessions target officials from the public health, veterinary and food producing sectors in all 28 EU countries.

The workshops will be organised between now and March 2019 in a number of European capitals, namely Madrid, Copenhagen, Prague, Zagreb, Stockholm and Sofia. The next workshop takes place in Prague between 11 and 14 December 2017.

Read more: Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance - Series of workshops on the prevention and control of AMR...

Audit Report published - 2017-6048

2017-6048 - Feed sector - Italy
10 November 2018

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Food-borne diseases (Zoonoses)

The summary of feed ban rules as laid down in the TSE Regulation has been updated Go to related site

Audit Report published - 2017-6083

2017-6083 - Organic production standards and control measures applied by a recognised Control Body operating in Bolivia - Control Body XC
27 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6019

2017-6019 - Import controls-documentary checks - Portugal PT
30 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6134

2017-6134 - Feed sector - Romania RO
30 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6247

2017-6247 - Report of a One Health country visit to Luxembourg to discuss policies relating to antimicrobial resistance - Luxembourg LU
30 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6119

2017-6119 - Animal Health - African Swine Fever - Slovakia SK
31 October 2017

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Health and Food Audits and Analysis

Audit Report updated

2017-6169 - Epitrix - Spain

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Health and Food Audits and Analysis

Audit Report updated

2017-6018 - Import controls - documentary checks - Cyprus

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Health and Food Audits and Analysis

Audit Report updated

2017-6048 - Feed sector - Italy

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Audit report Report published - 2017-6048

2017-6048 - Feed sector - Italy

23/10/2017

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Audit report Report published - 2017-6018

2017-6018 - Import controls - documentary checks - Cyprus

23/10/2017

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Audit Report updated - 2017-6043

2017-6043 - Import control system - Luxembourg

26/09/2017

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EU Food Donation Guidelines

The Commission continues action against food waste and food poverty by facilitating food donation

For more information, please see the press release and the Food Donation section of the DG SANTE website

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Novel Foods

Applications for authorisation and their status - updated on 16 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6114

2017-6114 - Animal Health - African swine fever - Poland PL
17 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6249

2017-6249 - Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum - Spain ES
12 October 2017

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EU Register of feed additives

The Community Register of feed additives has been updated to version 257.

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Audit Report published - 2017-6179

2017-6179 - Salmonella National Control programme - Austria AT
9 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6058

2017-6058 - Nutrition and health claims on food - Portugal PT
6 October 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6022

2017-6022 - National Audit Systems - Czech Republic CZ
3 October 2017

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I am a big fan of a Mediterranean style diet, rich in fruit and vegetables that is good for heart health. Unfortunately the numbers seem to suggest that not so many of us adopt this kind of regime. Indeed, only one in seven people over the age of 15 in the EU eats the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day according to 2016 figures. Furthermore, in 17 EU countries more that 50% of adults are overweight or obese, which we know is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease s (CVDs).

Read more: Message for World Heart Day, by Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food...

Audit Report published - 2017-6109

2017-6109 - Animal Welfare Transport - Bulgaria BG
28 September 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6106

2017-6106 - Animal Welfare Transport - Netherlands NL
28 September 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6148

2017-6148 - fishery products - Zimbabwe ZW
27 September 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6059

2017-6059 - Nutrition and health claims - Lithuania LT
27 September 2017

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Antimicrobial Resistance

Presentations - TATFAR Policy Dialogue (Video Conference - 27 September 2017) Go to related site

Committee meetings

The Calendar of Committee meetings has been updated

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Novel Food - List of authorisations - update

The authorisation of UV-treated mushrooms by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has been added

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Updated - List of Approved Feed Establishments

Malta has updated its list of Approved Feed Establishments

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Good hygienic practice update (natural sausage casings)

Updated - Guide to good hygienic practice for Hygiene and the application of the HACCP principles in the production of natural sausage casings

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Codex Committee on Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (CCFFV)

Agenda items and European Community comments on various subjects added

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Audit Report published - 2017-6261

2017-6261 - Beef, horse and poultry meat, and products derived therefrom - Brazil BR
26 September 2017

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Audit Report published - 2017-6043

2017-6043 - Import control system - Luxembourg LU
26 September 2017

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