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Food Safety

Coordinated control programmes, information and data collection

The Commission is empowered to recommend coordinated control programmes. The objective is to assess the state of application of EU rules or establishing the prevelance of hazards across the Union. Non-compliances, malpractices and suspected fraudulent practices are reported to the EU relevant networks by Member States. The implementation of such coordinated control plans is without prejudice to the other official controls carried out by Member States in the framework of their national control programmes.

In the period between 2013 and 2021 the Commission launched six control plans dedicated to horse meat, fish products, honey, online offered food products, herbs and spices.

In the period between 2013 and 2019 the Commission launched six control plans

Applicable legislation

  • Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/ EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/1715 laying down implementing measures for the Rapid alert system for food and feed, and rules as regards the computerised information system for notifying and reporting on listed animal diseases, the notification of the presence of, and protective measures taken against, plant pests, administrative assistance and cooperation between Member States’ authorities, and the functioning of the information management system for official controls (‘the IMSOC Regulation’)
  • Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers, amending Regulations (EC) No 1924/2006 and (EC) No 1925/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and repealing Commission Directive 87/250/EEC, Council Directive 90/496/EEC, Commission Directive 1999/10/EC, Directive 2000/13/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, Commission Directives 2002/67/EC and 2008/5/EC and Commission Regulation (EC) No 608/

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