Food safety highlights

Food safety highlights

A more risk-based and transparent meat inspection

A revised meat inspection has been published. Meat inspection is a corner stone control of public health, animal health and welfare. More focus is given to currently relevant hazards based on EFSA advice (e.g. Salmonella) and most sensitive subpopulations. Conditions for certain flexibility are better fixed.

Food fraud: publication of DG SANTE’s annual report

The 2018 report on the activities of the EU Food Fraud Network has been published. A total of 234 requests for cooperation were launched by the Member States and Norway, 58 of which originating in Germany.

Management of food and feed crises: Commission updates its plan and procedures

The Commission has adopted a Decision which updates its General Plan, dating from 2004, and procedures for crisis management in the field of safety of food and feed.

EU risk assessment in the food chain: One step closer to transparency and sustainability

In February 2019 the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement regarding the Commission's proposal for a Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.

Public consultation: Evaluation on the food contact materials

The purpose of this evaluation is to assess whether the current EU legislative framework for Food Contact Materials (FCM) is fit for purpose and delivers as expected. Feedback is welcome until the 6 May 2019.

Food sold online: Overview report states that official controls are still limited

Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular and companies are offering various kinds of foodstuffs for sale on the Internet. However, sellers are not always aware that EU food safety rules are also applicable to online sales.


The purpose of the training is to provide support on strategies and actions promoting and strengthening the prudent use of antimicrobials and monitoring resistance in veterinary, food safety and public health sectors, to reinforce engagement with international organisations, and intensify cooperation with the invited countries.

Public Consultation

The Commission is evaluating the legislation on additives for use in animal nutrition (Regulation (EC) No 1831/2003 or ‘the Regulation’). Contributions accepted until 3 April 2019.

food and feed

A report published today on the use of the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed shows that a total of 3832 original notifications of food or feed risks were reported to the European Commission in 2017.

Food safety in the future EU budget (2021-2027)

Following the adoption on 2 May, of the new Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2021-2027, the Commission adopted the legislative proposal for a new Single Market Programme, which includes a specific "Food strand", with a total allocation of € 1.68 billion on 7 June.

food labelling

The European Commission has adopted the new rules on labelling the origin of the primary ingredient in food which were endorsed by a vote by the Member States.

Food Safety: more transparent scientific studies

In April 2018 Commission responded to the concerns expressed by citizens in a successful European Citizens' Initiative, with a proposal to improve the transparency of scientific studies in the food safety area.

AMR in zoonotic bacteria still high in humans, animals and food, say ECDC and EFSA

Bacteria from humans and animals continue to show resistance to antimicrobials according to a report published EFSA and ECDC.

Strengthening partnerships in the fight against AMR: TATFAR’s 2018 Meeting

TATFAR members are gathering in Atlanta on 7-9 March to promote action and discuss ongoing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) work.

Study on food waste: better use and understanding of date marking could reduce the problem

The Commission published a study which estimates that up to 10% of the 88 million tons of food waste generated annually in the EU are linked to date marking.

Fitness Check of the General Food Law

The Commission has published its Staff Working Document on the fitness check of the General Food Law. This evaluation, launched in 2014, assesses whether the GFL Regulation is still 'fit for purpose'.


The Commission organises the first of a series of 15 workshops under the Better Training for Safer Food (BTSF) programme on the prevention and control of AMR.


15 November 2017 marks the 10th European Antibiotic Awareness Day, an EU-level initiative to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the importance of using antibiotics prudently.

Guidelines on hygiene rules for small food retailers

Groceries, butchers’ shops, bakeries, fish or ice cream shops are often small enterprises, but they still need to ensure the safety of the products they sell. The new guidelines for these businesses can help them with application of a flexible, tailor-made good hygiene practices.

AMR study published

A study carried out by Nivel (NL), as part of the EU-funded project ARNA, estimates that 7% of antibiotics taken in the EU are taken without a prescription.

Food Safety at primary production: Commission publishes guidance document

From theory to practice, the Commission just published, in all EU languages, a notice aimed at helping growers (regardless of size) to address microbiological hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables during primary production (i.e. growing, harvest and post-harvest) through good agricultural and hygiene practise and in a uniform way).

Antimicrobial Resistance: Commission adopts new Action Plan

Today, the Commission adopted a new Action Plan to tackle Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – a growing threat that is responsible for 25,000 deaths and a €1.5 billion economic loss in the EU every year. In parallel, the Commission adopts the first deliverable of the plan: EU Guidelines on the prudent use of antimicrobials in human health.


The main aim of the workshop is to explore how data on antimicrobial consumption in animals can be improved. The discussion will also provide technical input for proposed legal provisions at EU level.

Reopening of the American market to French beef

The United States announced the lifting of the import embargo regarding beef originating from France. Read the statement from Commissioners Malmström, Andriukaitis and Hogan regarding this step forward.

Food Waste

Commissioner Andriukaitis addressed members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste at its inaugural meeting (29 Nov.). This Platform will enhance EU efforts to fight food waste from farm to fork.


From theory to practice. The Commission just published, in all EU languages, a notice to facilitate understanding and implementation of food safety management systems by food business operators.


A call aims to establish, together with public entities, the European Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW). It is open to private sector organisations with expertise in food waste prevention. Deadline for applications: 27 May 2016.


The European Commission has adopted today a report on trans fats urging for legal limits to be set.


Roadmap on Bisphenol A in food contact materials