Food Safety & Nutrition

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 […]

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 […]