Fruits and vegetables are important components of a healthy diet, and their daily consumption could help prevent major diseases. The EU has strict rules aimed at ensuring the microbiological safety of these foods.
In order to ensure that these rules are followed by food business operators, both at the level of primary production and at the level of processed fruit and vegetables, the competent authorities in all EU countries carry out official controls.
The EU Commissions´ audit reports on such controls found that, while certain shortcomings exist/persisted in EU countries, progress has been made over time. EU countries adapted and improved their official control systems with a greater focus on emerging microbiological risks in fruit and vegetables, and have responded positively to the recommendations made by the EU Commission.
Read more about controls on fruits and vegetable production (hyperlink to the report below)