Food Safety & Nutrition

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 […]

Launched in January 2001, The French National Health and Nutrition Program aims to improve the health of the entire French population by acting on one of its major determinants, nutrition. To achieve the four main objectives of this plan (to reduce obesity, to increase physical activity, to improve eating habits, to reduce the prevalence of […]

On October 2, 2011, new legislation was passed in France concerning the nutritional balance of lunches served in schools. Several new rules concerning the nutritional quality and the quantity of some products will be implemented in cafeterias serving more than 80 people. Fried food will not be served more than once a week. Fat and […]

French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll joined around 160 people from the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health on November 12th in Paris to discuss progress on the fight against antibiotic resistance in humans and animals. This, the third seminar of its kind, was organized by the French General Directorate for Food – […]