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The objective of the European Union's food safety policy is to protect consumer health and interests while guaranteeing the smooth operation of the single market. In order to achieve this objective, the EU ensures that control standards are established and adhered to as regards food and food product hygiene, animal health and welfare, plant health and preventing the risk of contamination from external substances. It also lays down rules on appropriate labelling for these foodstuffs and food products. This policy underwent reform in the early 2000s, in line with the approach 'From the Farm to the Fork', thereby guaranteeing a high level of safety for foodstuffs and food products marketed within the EU, at all stages of the production and distribution chains. This approach involves both food products produced within the European Union and those imported from third countries.
Food safety: general provisions
General and institutional provisions, Research
Veterinary checks, animal health rules, food hygiene
The hygiene package, Intra-community trade, Production and placing on the market
Offical controls, Additives, Genetically modified feedingstuffs, Animal waste and pathogenic agents
Livestock farming, Transportation, Slaughter
BSE, Foot and mouth disease, Swine fevers, Avian influence
Plant health checks
Phytopharmaceutical products, Pesticide residues, Harmful organisms
Contamination and environmental factors
Chemical products, Substances with a hormonal effect, Contact with foodstuffs, GMOs, Radioactive contamination
International dimension and enlargement
International cooperation, Enlargement
GMOs, BSE, Foot and mouth disease