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Food safety and quality

Only safe food on the European market

High standards for food safety and hygiene have been in force in the European Union since 1964. In January 2006, these regulations were revised in order to offer consumers even more protection from any possible health risks. Current legislation for food hygiene is based on factors that include the identification, prevention and control of risks throughout the food chain, from the location where the animals are hunted, through the entire distribution chain to the consumer.

Food companies of high quality

Food companies play an important role in this. They have to guarantee that their activities comply with the rules. This means, for example, that the infrastructure and equipment used for processing foods such as game are always clean and properly maintained, that people coming into direct contact with foods maintain a high level of personal hygiene, that instructions for microbiological hygiene are complied with whilst other threats to food safety are prevented, and, finally, that measures to control such threats are applied. In technical jargon, the last aspect is spoken of as “HACCP”. This is the name given to a method in which potential risks to food safety can be traced and controlled during food production, processing and distribution processes. Since of 2007, all operators in the food sector have been required to apply this method.

Inspections by official agencies for even greater security

Naturally, national governments and even the European Commission makes sure that all these regulations are complied with and that a high level of food safety is achieved. In order to allow these authorities to conduct their inspections at any time, all the companies have to be registered with the authorised government agencies in their country. Often, companies that work with animal products such as game also have to be inspected (certified) by the official authorities. Without such a certification, they are not permitted to carry out their activity! Introducing products into trade is permitted only when the product bears an identification stamp or a stamp of approval denoting food safety. Such stamps also indicate the country and companies from which the product originated. This always makes it possible to know a product’s origin.

Foods imported into the European Union

The high norms imposed by the European Union (EU) itself are also required of countries or companies outside of the EU that want to sell their products in the EU. They have to meet the same criteria. They have to guarantee this by means of certificates of health that accompany the products. The European Commission also has a special team that travels throughout these countries and checks to make sure this is done. Finally, all products are checked again at the external border posts of the EU before they can be imported.