Starting January 1, 2017, dairy products and ready prepared meat products in France are required to have a label indicating the place of origin of the products. This measure is a trial experiment that will be in place for two years, and will later be reviewed by the Commission of the EU to see if it could be applied at the EU-level.
The French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), a public agency under the authority of the French Ministry of Agriculture released its report detailing actions taken in 2015, the year of the organization’s 80th birthday.
The publication of results from food safety inspections in the food industry (restaurants, cafeterias, slaughterhouses, etc.) is a legitimate expectation of citizens that adds to consumer confidence in the food industry. Initially proposed by law in 2014, this measure is part of the evolution toward greater transparency on the part of the government.
Promoting the principles of agroecology is one of the leading goals of the French Ministry of Agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, presented last December the advancements made in 2016 and perspectives for the New Year 2017 in matters of soil health, food supply and support for farmers in agroecology practices.