Animal welfare and respect for the environment are among the core values of agri-food producers in the European Union. Control mechanisms that verify every stage of the production process are the key aspect of the EU food law. One of the most important elements of this system has been the establishment of the European Food Safety Authority, which is meant to strive to be transparent and able to quickly respond to issues, as well as to provide the highest level of scientific knowledge on food safety.
The EFSA assesses the impact of the animal husbandry processes and the way the animals are treated on both animal and human health, including the health of food industry operators. The EFSA also monitors feed safety, as its quality is vital for animal health and the natural environment, as well as the safety of foods of animal origin. Additionally, the EFSA assesses transport and storage risk. The Authority examines food preparation safety, e.g. in regard to the regulated food ingredients such as additives, enzymes, nutrients and flavourings.
The idea is based on controlling the entire production process, starting from the origin of the animals themselves, through proper nutrition and slaughter processes, all the way to packaging and transportation. The EU’s “farm-to-fork” philosophy is a comprehensive food safety strategy that guarantees to the final recipients that the products they purchase are safe and nutritious. This principle makes it possible to identify and control all process concerning a given product, as well as all places through which it passes, ranging from the raw materials used to prepare feed to trading the end product. This ensures that the product you receive meets the highest industry standards.