Tag Archives: Food Safety

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 […]

The proactive plan Ecoantibio from the Directorate General for Food (DGAL), the agency in the French Ministry of Agriculture in charge of food safety and quality, animal and plant health, as well as animal welfare, is aimed at reducing the use of antibiotics in animal health in order to avoid cases of antibiotic resistance as […]

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 […]

After more than 10 years of suspension, the importation of French apples and pears to the United States is once again underway. A first consignment of French apples has already arrived in the U.S., and many more are expected to follow. The embargo was initially placed on French apples and pears by the American authorities […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

France has a unique food safety system that achieves a complete separation between risk assessment (by ANSES, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) and risk management (by the Ministry of Agriculture, the French Directorate General for Food (DGAL) for food of animal origin, and by the Ministry of Economics, the […]