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Enjoy healthy, safe and affordable food 


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 and kind to the environment. From farm to fork, EU rules help farmers, manufacturers and supermarkets guarantee a high level of safety for all produce. All of which means I’m free to enjoy my favourite meals.


Greek Feta, Polish Kiełbasa lisiecka, Spanish Manchego, 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 foods like these must come from the area that made them famous, be produced according to prescribed processes and pass stringent checks.


What if I am allergic to, say, peanuts and need to check my dinner for traces of nuts? To get a good idea of exactly what’s in the food on my plate, I can trust the labels on any food I buy in the EU. They’ll tell me precisely how much salt, sugar, protein and energy (fats and carbohydrates) the item in question contains and which allergens are present. Labels on organic produce may even tell me how the food itself was produced.


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 it from sale. A range of EU policies have reduced the number of salmonella outbreaks by nearly half since 2010 – thanks to a coordinated effort to improve food safety in the EU.


Should I be worried that health claims on my yoghurt pot are more fantasy than fact? Not at all. In the EU, each and every claim is scientifically reviewed and then approved – or not – by experts from EU countries. The aim here is to make sure that all health claims on the label are valid. So if I’m looking for food to help me control my cholesterol, I can go ahead and trust what the packaging says.

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 possible risks linked to food so that, at meal time, I can sit back and enjoy the food on the table. 

    Did you know?



    The approximate 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.



    The amount the average family spends on food – half as much as in 1962.



    There have been no uses of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed since the ban came into force in 2006.

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