Overview of EU Legislative Framework on Food Safety, Animal Health and Plant Health
Food safety is a major priority for the EU. The EU has one of the most developed systems in the world when it comes to Food safety, Animal health, Plant health and animal welfare when it comes to agri-food production. EU’s Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary (SPS) measures ensure EU food safety at all stages of production and distribution. The same high standards apply when the EU exports its agri-food products to China. Chinese consumers can be sure they receive one of the safest food ever in the world.
Food traceability in the EU: How the EU ensures that food produced in Europe is safe and can be traced back
EU law ensures European food products are safe by enabling the tracking of any food or feed used for consumption, across all stages of production, processing and distribution. Traceability is one of the major tools of the EU system allowing to trade safe food. An EU product exported to China can be perfectly traced back to its place of origin in the EU.
EU legislation on food information to consumers: labelling, nutrition declaration, nutrition and health claims
Protecting health with guaranteed consumer access to clear, comprehensible and scientifically reliable information on the content and composition of every EU product, including allergens, nutrition and origin. Consumer information is a major food policy in the EU. The same information applies when the EU exports products into China.
The EU as a single entity for international trade
SPS legislation applies equally to all over the EU. The 27 EU Member states (France, Spain, Italy, Poland…) follow the same legislation and standards when it comes to food production. This allows a single market in the EU, without borders, giving Chinese exports access to a market composed by 27 EU Member states without borders. The same shall apply when it comes to EU exports to China: import requirements to EU products shall be similar for all EU Member states.
Animal identification, traceability and animal welfare
Recognising all farm animals, wildlife, laboratory animals and pets as sentient beings under the Lisbon Treaty, the EU is a global leader in animal welfare. These policies will be strengthened by the Farm to Fork strategy for sustainable agriculture.
Official controls on animals and animal products in the EU
Controlling the entire agri-food chain with robust, transparent and sustainable EU rules on human, animal and plant health to prevent, eliminate or reduce the health risks posed to humans, animals and plants.
How the EU is tackling the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance
Working with the WHO’s ‘One Health’ principle to lead the way in protecting global health, development and food security, the EU is committed to produce food by reducing the overuse of antimicrobials commonly used to treat people, animals and plants.
The principle of Regionalization on international trade
Supporting the global fight against transmissible diseases in all animals kept in the EU for food, farming, research, sport, companionship, entertainment and zoos. Regionalisation permits safe trade from areas guaranteed to be disease free.
The EU Phytosanitary system and the Plant Health Law
Uniform rules across all 27 Member States to protect European crops, fruits, vegetables and forests by preventing the entry and spread of foreign pests, increasingly able to survive in Europe due to climate change.
EU management of pesticides and contaminants
The EU upholds strict legislation on the use of pesticides to safely manage biocidal products’ ability to help fight food-borne diseases and environmental disadvantages or risks to human health, creating opportunities out of these challenges. For the EU, the protection of consumers and the environment is a priority therefore the need to have one the most exigent policies everywhere in the world. The same high standards apply for agri-food products exported from the EU into china.
Official controls of plants and plant products in the EU
Improving efficiency and effectiveness of EU rules on human, animal and plant health. A more robust, transparent and sustainable system of official controls throughout the food chain is preventing and reducing health risks.
Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) protect local value at a global level. Geographical Indications (GI) prevent imitation and misuse by protecting products tied to unique origins and traditional know-how.
Organic farming-opportunities for international trade
Organic production strives for quality through sustainable agriculture and processes that don’t harm the environment. It’s a commitment, upheld by strict regulations and the EU organic label to ensure safety, quality and sustainability.