mercoledì 18 dicembre 2019

Official controls: Stronger rules along the agri-food chain

Harmonised EU rules have been established to prevent, eliminate or reduce the level of risk to humans, animals and plants, along the agri-food chain. Official controls, undertaken by competent authorities in each Member State, serve to check whether these rules are correctly implemented.

Businesses and authorities benefit from reduced administrative burdens, more efficient processes and strengthened controls. Consumers benefit from more transparency on how controls are carried out to ensure food safety and high standards for plant health, animal health and welfare. Their economic interests are protected through reinforced rules to prevent fraud.

What are official controls and why do we need them?

Official controls consist of checks performed by the competent authorities in EU (and EFTA) countries to verify that businesses comply with agri-food chain rules.

These rules cover the safety and quality of food and feed, and also plant health, animal health and animal welfare. Apart from animals, plants and goods on the EU market, they also apply to animals and agri-food chain products entering the EU from third countries and being exported to third countries.

The Official Controls Regulation (OCR) provides a basis for comprehensive risk-based controls along the agri-food chain. This allows the authorities to better target their controls and to put their resources where they are most needed. In particular, a more integrated IT system will allow control authorities to track problematic trade practices in a more efficient manner.(...)

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