France’s Directorate General for Food, the DGAL, recently published its annual activity report for 2018. For the DGAL, the year 2018 was marked by pursuing the goals of the Estates General of Food with the preparation of the new law that came out of this major food summit in order to balance trade relations in the agricultural and food sectors and to create a food system that is healthier, more sustainable and accessible to all. This mobilized the teams of the DGAL day and night and led to the approval of the law in Oct. 30, 2018.
Much time was all devoted to preparing and adapting French services to the consequences of Brexit, and the implementation of the will of the Government to reduce the use of plant protection products. Other pivotal operations also saw remarkable progress throughout the year, including the databases Expadon (sanitary requirements and certificate templates for export) and Resytal (real-time monitoring of the sanitary situation in France).
The DGAL, at the heart of subjects of major societal importance, is also often solicited by the media and devotes time to respond to them. This is part of its important mission and contributes to transparency in government action.
For 2019, the DGAL has set ambitious goals for itself:
- Responding to the need of deep change in agriculture and to social expectations regarding of food and sanitary issues, including implementing the roadmap coming from the Estates-General of Food with measures concerning institutional catering and animal welfare
- Continuing to strengthen monitoring tools with outbreak monitoring platforms in animal and plant health, and of the food chain
- Adapting the organization of the DGAL and its modes of operation, for example through the development of digital tools and the field of cutting red tape
- Increasing transparency and working more closely with civil society
- Acting and being proactive on the European and international levels