Food Safety & Nutrition

On Oct. 27, in accordance with the norms of the World Organisation for Animal Health, France has recovered its status as being a country free of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). This result was obtained thanks to cleaning all outbreaks of H5N8 HPAI identified between the end of 2016 and June 2017 and the absence […]

The French Minister of Agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, recently signed the second National Pact Against Food Waste for the period of 2017-2020. This plan aims for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2025, through encouraging better management of unsold food products and food donations, by reinforcing innovation and partnerships between actors, deploying new communication […]

The French Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs launched a national charter aiming to promote responsible and sustainable food in establishments like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities. The medical-social establishments that commit to this charter pledge to offer healthy and appropriate food to the seniors […]

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 […]