Food-borne diseases (Zoonoses)

Food-borne diseases (Zoonoses)

Some infections in animals, the so-called zoonoses, such as brucellosis, salmonellosis and listeriosis, can be transmitted to humans in particular through contaminated food and in some cases, by contact with the live or slaughtered animal.

Specific measures against zoonoses exist in EU legislation relating to Veterinary Public Health. For instance, rules concerning BSE are laid down in Regulation (EC) No 999/2001 and measures to inspect meat for the presence of parasites, such as Cysticercus and Trichinella, are included in the legislation concerning meat hygiene (Regulations (EC) No 853/2004, No 854/2004 and (EU) No 2015/1375).

As a follow up of the 2000 White Paper on Food Safety and based on scientific advice, two major proposals to review current legislation were adopted in 2003. These proposals, designed to cut the incidence of food borne diseases such as Salmonella in the European Union, comprise:

Several actions have been initiated in order to lay down implementing provisions for these two basic acts.

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Implementation of the Directive

'Implementation of' & amendments to the Regulation

Antimicrobial Resistance

Other legislative & training activities

State of Play on the control of Salmonella - Commission's Communication

Lessons learned from the 2011 outbreak

Commission's Vision paper

Co-financing of national control programmes

A decision on the co-financing by the Community of national programmes for the eradication and monitoring of animal diseases and for the prevention of zoonoses is adopted each year. Please see the "Veterinary Programmes" page, for more information.