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Food Safety in the Czech Republic . Why to put emphasis on food safety?. I t concerns everyone 91% of EU population express interest in it H as direct impact on : the quality and length of life population health. Basic legal framework. Treaty establishing EC

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Food Safety in the Czech Republic


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Why to put emphasis on food safety?

It concerns everyone

91% of EU population express interest in it

Has direct impact on:

the quality and length of life

population health


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Basic legal framework

Treaty establishing EC

  • Article 3 – high level of health protection and strengthening of consumer protection

  • Article 95 – use of new scientific knowledge as a basis

  • Article 152 – high level of human health protection must be part of any Community policy


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Assuring food safety

Based on Regulation of the EP and of theCouncil

No 178/2002

Requires good communication

  • among Ministries

  • with non-government organisations

  • with expert as well as general public

    Information based on scientific findings


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Fundamental strategic documents in the Czech Republic I

Food Safety Strategy in the CR

  • adopted by the Government in 2001

  • lays down key requirements for the

    pre-accession period


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Fundamental strategic documents in the Czech Republic II

Food Safety Strategy in the CR after Accession

to the EU

  • adopted in December 2004

  • review in 2006

  • emphasis on improved communication within the CR,

    EU Member States,EU bodies and third countries


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Inter-ministerial co-operation I

Ministry of Agriculture

  • co-ordination of the food safety system

  • supervision over production of food and feed

    Ministry of Health

  • assessment of health risks

  • supervision over catering


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Inter-ministerial co-operation II

Ministry of the Environment

  • monitoring and assessment of the environment

    Ministry of Interior

  • crisis management

    State Office for Nuclear Safety

  • radiation monitoring



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Co-ordination Unit I

  • Established in 2002

  • Consists of:

    • representatives of central state administration bodies

    • relevant state supervisory bodies

    • consumer and industry organisations


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Co-ordination Unit II - functions

  • Advisory body of the Minister of Agriculture

  • Co-ordinates activities in the food safety area

  • Provides for co-operation among state

  • Supervisory bodies, scientific committees,

  • Consumers and state administration

  • Co-operates with the EFSA and national food

  • Safety institutions in EU Member States



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Scientific committees I

  • Established in 2002

  • Main tasks:

    • Preparation of independent assessments

    • Proposals of measures to assure food safety across the

      Foodproduction chain

    • Assessment of research and development trends

  • Advisory body


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Scientific Committees II

  • Scientific Committee for Phytosanitary Tasks

    and Environment

  • Scientific Committee for Veterinary Tasks

  • Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition

  • Scientific Committee for Foodstuffs


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European Food Safety Authority EFSA

Regulation of the EP and of the Council No. 178/2002,

Regulation of the Commission No. 2230/2004

  • Co-operation with similar authorities of the Member States of the EU and EFTA

  • Scientific assessment at Community level

  • Risk communication

  • Opinions on Community regulations


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Co-operation between the CR and the EFSA

  • Ensure and co-ordinate Food Safety Co-ordination Unit

  • Co-operation from 3/2003 in the capacity of an observer

    At present:

    • Participation in the meetings of the EFSA Advisory Forum,

    • Working group for communication,

    • Working group for IT;

    • Access to Extranet

      Future communication – video-conferences


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Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - RASFF

  • Operated by the European Commission from 1978

  • Purpose to restrict marketingor to assure recall of

    hazardous food and feed

  • Members:

    • European Commission, EFSA and Member States

      In accordance with Regulation of the EP and of the

      Council No. 178/2002


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Participation of the CR in the RASFF

  • Preparations for participation from 2002

  • Members:

    • SAFIA, SVA, CISTA, OOVZ, SONS,

    • MoA, MH

  • Co-operating - MD, MS, MI, MF-GDC, IAFI

    Act on Foodstuffs No. 110/1997 Coll.

    Act on Feedingstuffs No. 91/1996 Coll.

    Government Decree – in effect from 3/2005


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Strategic opportunities in RASFF in the CR

  • More effective communication among members

  • Link to control plans

  • Emphasis on traceability of hazardous food and feed

  • Improved awareness of consumers, IAFI, MoA


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Monitoring of contaminants in food chain I

  • Information system on contaminants in foodchainslaunched at the MoA in 1992

  • True informationon the situation, dynamics and mutual links of the load in individual components of agriculturalwater and forest ecosystems


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Monitoring of contaminants II

Competences of the Ministry of Agriculture:

  • Raw materials and foodstuffs

  • Feed and drinking water

  • Agricultural land

  • Fallout on agricultural land

  • Surface water (small watercourses)

  • Water and forest ecosystems


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Monitoring III

Organisations performing monitoring in agriculture:

  • SAFIA, SVA CR, CISTA

  • Agricultural Water Management Administration

  • Institute for Water Management in Forests

  • Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation

  • Research Institute of Crop Production

  • Forestry Research Institute


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Genetically modified organismsGMO I - food

Based on Regulation of the EP and of theCouncil

No. 1829/2003

Covers:

  • GMO´s for use in food

  • GMO containing food

  • food manufactured from GMO´s or containing ingredients from GMO´s


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Genetically modified organismsGMO II - feed

Chapter III. of Regulation of the EP and of the Council

No.1829/2003

Covers:

  • GMO´s for use in feed

  • GMO containing feed

  • feed produced from GMO´s


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GMO III - Administration of GMO

Administration of applicationsincludesco-operation

among:

  • Applicant

  • Member State (MoA, MH, ME, CISTA)

  • EFSA

  • Commission

  • Public


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Novel Food

Based on Regulation of the EP and of theCouncil

No.258/1997

Covers:

  • food from plants and food components from animals

  • food from plants and food components from animals

  • food produced by unusual procedure

    Necessary co-operation with applicant + Member State +

    expert food assessment bodies + Commission


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Communication with consumers‘ organisations

  • Close co-operation of the MoA with non-government

    organisations

  • Participation of representatives of “consumers” in:

    the Co-ordination Unit

  • The Working Group for communication with consumers


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Working Group for communication with consumers

  • Representatives of Ministries, Scientific Committees,

    consumers‘ organisations and the IAFI

  • Objectives:

    • Informing the public and raising its awareness

    • Promotion of appropriate dietary habits among consumers

    • Raising consumers‘ awareness and promotion of domestic produce

  • Information flows for general public


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Food Safety Information Centre I

www.bezpecnostpotravin.cz

  • News

  • Information on Food Safety Co-ordination Unit

  • Information on Scientific Committees

  • Reports from the monitoring of contaminants

  • Supervision over foodstuffs

  • Legislation (CR, EU, Codex Alimentarius, Standards)

  • Links to food safety websites


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Food Safety Information Centre II

INFO-DESK

  • Service to answer questions from general public

  • Access from internet, by phone, fax, in person

    • answer within three days

  • Examples of questions

    • May I lodge a complaint about cheese without sales slip?

    • Are meat products suitable for coeliacs?


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    Thank you

    Do you have any questions or remarks ??

    Do not hesitate to contact

    @mze.cz

    or

    www.bezpecnostpotravin.cz


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