Food Safety & Nutrition

The Ecophyto plan is part of France’s major plan to shift the agricultural production towards the principles of agro-ecology. Launched in 2008, it aims at reducing the use of pesticides by half by 2018, encouraging farmers to use alternative ways of controlling crops. On December 9th, the annual meeting of the Ecophyto plan monitoring committee […]

One of the priorities of the French government is to give everyone the opportunity to have access to high quality food and be able to enjoy their meal. To address this issue, the Council for economic, social and environmental issues (Conseil économique, social et environnemental, CESE) adopted a resolution titled “Fostering a broader access to […]

In its National program for Food, the French government asserted its objective to ensure a safe, diverse and quantity-sufficient diet for the whole population. One fifth of the French population is over 60 and senior citizens are a fragile demographic group that requires special attention. Several guidelines were released last month to specify what should […]

Consumers are growing more and more concerned with the origin and the fabrication process of what they eat. Some inter-professional groups responded to this demand by creating a new voluntary label called “Viandes de France” (literally: Meats from France) this past February to incite more transparency on the matter. It will also allow professionals to […]

During Christmas time and New Year celebrations, the demand for some specific food products such as shellfish, foie gras, game or poultry increases hugely. The intense trade activity at Christmas time in agro-food industries could make food safety difficult to monitor and this could be a risk factor for food-borne illnesses for consumers. That’s why […]

The “Food and Insertion Program” is an uncommon approach to helping people who benefit from food aid. It helps them to manage a balance diet while creating social links. What is the Food and Insertion Program? Launched in 2003, the program is managed by the French government, food aid associations, and food industries, and is […]

The identification of food and ingredient sources is of prime importance to the protection of consumers. Traceability provides customers with accurate information concerning products they purchase. It also ensures a quick, targeted government intervention in case of any sanitary outbreak. French food safety principles follow rules set up by the European Commission, but how are […]

The Ecoantibio 2017 plan aims to achieve a 25% reduction in antibiotic use in veterinary medicine over five years by developing alternatives that are capable of protecting animal health and that avoid recourse to antibiotics. First of all, this article deals with the five priorities, within the Ecoantibio 2017 plan, outlined by Stéphane Le Foll, […]

For the last few decades, consumption of food supplements has steadily increased. More than 30,000 food supplements are available on the French market. Almost 16% of French adults and 6% of children consumed one of these products in 2012. But some products contain pharmacologically active ingredients which can cause adverse effects. An adverse effect is […]