Food safety highlights

Food safety highlights

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


New IT tool for cooperation on possible fraudulent practices


This agreement gives an official basis for a reinforced cooperation regarding exchange of information, for example on food incidents, scientific and technical exchanges, joint capacity building activities or exchange of staff.


The report presents the results of controls on almost 100 000 consignments carried out at EU borders in 2014 on imports that are subject to an increased level of official controls.


This video explains how food technology in Europe meets the highest control standards to keep us safe, our food fresh and tasty, and our economy strong.


During the World Health Day campaign 2015 WHO is promoting efforts to improve food safety, from farm to plate (and everywhere in between).


TRACES helps ensure that animals, food, feed and plants are traded safely thereby helping ensure that the food served on 500 million European plates is safe.


This re-opening of the market is a welcome first step to abolish the disproportionate and unjustified US ban that followed the BSE crisis of the 1990's, and to re-establish normal trading conditions. See related press press release .


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


About a third of all food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted. Everyone can play a role in reducing food waste. For more information visit our Food Waste section.