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Food Safety in Europe

Welcome to the food safety site, which is part of the overall DG Health and Food Safety site.

The central goal of the European Commission's food safety policy is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and interests in relation to food, taking into account diversity, including traditional products, whilst ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.

The Commission's guiding principle, primarily set out in its White Paper on Food Safety, is to apply an integrated approach from farm to table covering all sectors of the food chain, including feed production, primary production, food processing, storage, transport and retail sale.

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

As our food supply becomes increasingly globalized, the need to strengthen food safety systems in and between all countries is becoming more and more evident.

That is why the WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between) on World Health Day, 7 April 2015.

Watch the Food Safety Video

Food Safety concerns everyone and it’s the European Commission work to guarantee this well being to the 500 million European’s citizens.

To reach that goal, over 100.000 people across the countries of the EU perform official controls of around 20 million food operators in the EU. The European Commission works to make sure that the food that arrives on 500 million Europeans' plates is safe.
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