Food Safety & Nutrition

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. A decree […]

France’s innovative EcoAntibio plan announced big, positive news last month concerning its efforts to reduce the use of antibiotics in agriculture. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety has just published findings that the goal of reducing the use of antibiotics by 25% in five years (2012-2016) is in progress to […]

Due to a rapidly changing climate caused by global greenhouse gas emissions, managing and providing for food security through innovative methods must be a key focus of international actors in the years to come. Following up on a study published in 2011 on “World Food Security in 2050,” two prominent French agricultural research institutions have […]

As part of its comprehensive food nutrition program, the French Ministry of Agriculture releases an “Almanac of my cafeteria” which provides detailed information on making the school food experience nutritious and balanced, but also tasty and enjoyable. These almanacs are part of France’s overall school food cafeteria policies to encourage a healthy relationship with and […]

With the aim of avoiding potentially dire consequences, the French Ministry of Agriculture presented an analysis of possible actions to take to prevent the problem of antibiotic resistance in agriculture. France is taking the problem seriously and has devoted resources to fighting it. The widespread overuse of antibiotics in farm animals worldwide has contributed to […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture has simplified its “A Fruit at Recess” program and made it easier for local governments to participate in the groundbreaking program. Now local governments have less steps to complete the application and the overall process is much simpler. The “A Fruit at Recess” program was started in 2008 and provides […]

French people have always had a special relationship with their food which has deeply marked the history, culture and lifestyle of France. It is in part for this reason that the country’s National Program for Food was created in 2010 as part of the government’s reform of its agricultural and fishing policies. The program was […]

During their general session in Paris last month, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared the country of France as having a negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), more commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” This is the best possible sanitary status that can be attained for BSE, reserved for the countries that […]

Are you planning a trip to France and thinking about bringing along some plants or plant products? Don’t make any assumptions! Communicable plant diseases cannot be contained at the border, and infected fruits, vegetables, grains and cuttings can harbor pests that risk severely damaging foreign and potentially unprepared ecosystems. The European Union recently updated its […]

Food business operators are held responsible for their products that will be placed on the market. They implement the measures necessary for the safe production of food products and are required to report to the inspection authorities of the General Directorate for Food (DGAL), the branch responsible for food safety of the French Ministry of […]