Coordinated control plans

Coordinated control plans

The Commission is also empowered to recommend coordinated control programs with a view to establishing the prevalence of hazards in feed, food and animals. The Commission launched coordinated control plans to assess the prevalence of illegal activities at EU level and to follow up appropriately suspicions of fraudulent practices. Non-compliances, malpractices and suspected fraudulent practices are reported to the EU relevant networks by EU countries. 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.

These coordinated control plans are useful tools to better understand the extent of malpractices or fraudulent practices in a certain sector. They rely on harmonised sampling and methods of analysis to be implemented by all the participating countries, for a limited period, so that the results can be properly evaluated.

In the period between 2013 and 2016 the Commission launched three control plans: horse meat, honey and fish substitution. In 2017 the Commission organised the first EU coordinated control programme on online offered food products.

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