What the Commission is doing

European citizens need to have access to safe and wholesome food of the highest standard.

A series of food incidents in late 1990s drew attention to the need to establish general principles and requirements concerning food and feed law at EU level. Accordingly, the European Commission developed an integrated approach to food safety 'from farm to fork', primarily set out in its White paper on food safety. It covers all sectors of the food chain, including feed production, primary production, food processing, storage, transport and retail sale.


  • guarantee a high level of protection of human life and health and the protection of consumers’ interests, fair practices in food trade, taking into account animal health and welfare, plant health and the environment
  • ensure free movement of food and feed manufactured and marketed in the EU, in accordance with the general food law regulation
  • facilitate global trade of safe feed and safe, wholesome food by taking into account international standards and agreements when developing EU law, except where this might undermine the high level of consumer protection pursued by the EU