Health protection is the aim of all EU laws and standards in the agriculture, animal husbandry and food production sectors. An extensive body of EU-wide law covers the entire food production and processing chain within the EU, as well as imported and exported goods.
EU countries implement these harmonised standards and establish controls to enforce them. The EU audits the application and effectiveness of the laws and controls, and also provides training to the responsible EU and international authorities.
EU food safety policy and action is concentrated in 4 main areas of protection:
The European food safety authority (EFSA) provides independent risk assessments and scientific advice which inform the EU’s food safety standards.