Food Safety & Nutrition

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 […]

For the last few years, the establishment of a French nutritional policy has become a public health priority. Nutrition has been recognized as a key element for the prevention and the protection against non-communicable diseases, like cancer, obesity or heart diseases. Indeed, the inadequacy of nutritional intake, linked to the lack of physical activity, contributes […]

The “EcoPhyto Plan” was launched by French government, experts, civil society, industry professionals and official agencies in 2008 in order to reduce the use of pesticides while maintaining high yield as well as high quality in agricultural production What Are These Project Goals? The main goal is to reduce  the use of pesticides and plant […]

On June 25, 2008 a French law was passed which allows the production of food with or without the use of GMOs. It provides regulatory provisions that must be followed by farmers wishing to cultivate GMOs, in order that their neighbors remain free to make their own choices. This French law also requires the compulsory […]

One of the actions of the National Program for Food (Programme National pour l’Alimentation – PNA) aims to facilitate access to quality food for all, and more specifically to improve the diet of people who do not have the choice of their meal (for example in hospitals, jails, school cafeterias…) or for the most at-risk […]

The sale of GMOs and products derived from them, as well as the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment (i.e., the use of GMOs in an open area) are regulated by the EU (directive 2001/18/EC on the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment, and regulation 1829/2003 on genetically modified foodstuffs and animal feed). […]

Launched in September 2010 by ministries working on food and diet, the PNA adventure involves the private sectors, territorial authorities and the non-profit sector. The main challenges of this plan are to mobilize all stakeholders of the food chain, to recreate a link between the food producer, the product and the consumer, and above all […]

The French food safety system is traditionally based on several principles, such as the integrated “field to fork” approach, operator responsibility, product identification and traceability. The objective of this system is to ensure food safety and quality, animal health and welfare, and plant protection and well-being. In 2010, COFRAC, the French accreditation body endorsed French […]