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Contamination and environmental factors

Food safety

The European Union takes care to prevent and limit any contamination of foodstuffs by certain undesirable substances or as a result of human activities. The EU thus regulates the use of certain specific chemical substances, such as those used in farming or in certain production or food processing techniques. Measures are also taken to limit contamination from the pollution of water or air, or from exposure to radioactivity. The risks of contamination by genetically modified organisms and by food packaging are also monitored.

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