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MY FOOD. MY LIFE.

Enjoy healthy, safe and affordable food that’s fair to the people who produced it

FOOD I CAN TRUST

FOOD I CAN TRUST

Whether it’s my favourite fruit, my weekly shop, or the restaurant dish I ordered last night, I want to know that my food is safe to eat. From the farm to the fork, EU rules help farmers, manufacturers and supermarkets guarantee a high level of safety in all of the food produced. So bon appétit – I’m free to enjoy my favourite meals.

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A TASTE OF EUROPE

Greek Feta, Polish Kiełbasa lisiecka, Spanish Manchego and Irish Blaa; there’s nothing quite like authentic regional food. But how do I know it’s the real deal? The EU’s PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) label means that speciality food like Italian Prosciutto di Parma must come from the area that made it famous, and be produced according to prescribed processes and subject to stringent controls.

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A TASTE OF EUROPE
WHAT’S INSIDE?

WHAT’S INSIDE?

Allergic to peanuts and need to check my dinner for a trace? To get a good idea of exactly what’s in the food on my plate, I can trust the labels of any food I buy in the EU. It will tell me precisely how much salt, sugar, protein and energy (fats and carbohydrates) is contained within the item and which allergens are present. Organic produce may even tell me how the food itself was produced.

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RAPID RESPONSE

If food that poses a health hazard (such as meat contaminated with salmonella) is detected, the EU Rapid Alert System (RASFF) is activated to swiftly withdraw unsafe food products from sale. Coupled with other EU policies fighting salmonella, the number of such cases dropped by as much as 60% between 2007 and 2011 – a positive outcome of a coordinated effort to improve food safety in the EU.

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RAPID RESPONSE
SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT

SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT

Worried that health claims on my yoghurt are more fantasy than the accurate truth? In the EU, each and every claim is scientifically reviewed and then approved – or not – by experts from the Member States. The objective is to make sure that all health claims on the label are valid. So if I’m looking for food to help me lower my cholesterol, then I can go ahead and trust what the packaging says.

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How it works

Food tastes better when it’s been produced fairly and safely. EU farm, environmental and food safety policies ensure that produce is grown in a healthy, controlled environment and with respect for farmers and local traditions. The EU has tough procedures in place to protect my food as it travels from the farm, via processors, packagers and supermarkets. The European Food Safety Authority looks closely at what goes in to my food so that, when it comes to dinner time, I can sit back and enjoy the meal on the table.

Did you know

3425

The number of products registered under different EU quality schemes. There are three logos I can look for on the labelling: PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed).

44 million

The number of people employed in the agro-food industry in the EU.

11%

The amount of consumption expenditure the average family spends on food – half what it was in 1962.

The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene

Although her youth is long behind her, Gisela still longs to experience the sights of Europe. Her grandchildren decide to raise enough money to send her on her dream adventure, but their plan has unexpected results...

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Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

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Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois

Alex is an energetic twenty five year-old who will do anything he can to keep dancing. Trapped in a restrictive job, he's suddenly hit by a spark of inspiration.

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The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki

A man of the wilderness, Jan lives alone in a cabin in the Polish mountains. But when destiny interrupts his solitary lifestyle, he must devise a plan in order to follow his heart.

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Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

A young Croatian farmer dreams of becoming a professional football star. But before pursuing his ambition on the pitch, he must first face the truth about who he really is.

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The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
The Living Hostel, directed by Matthias Hoene
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
Party Animal, directed by Yorgos Zois
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
The Loner, directed by Tomasz Konecki
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić
Debut, directed by Dalibor Matanić

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