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Laurentiu SOLACU - Counselor
National Authority for Consumer Protection
The safety of the food products we consume on a daily basis is essential to our health, and it involves the entire food chain from producers of raw materials to the finished products that reach us every day.
The defining elements for food safety are: The quality of raw materials that go into the production process; Production of food products; Storage and transport of food products; Manner and marketing conditions of food products.
Food safety consists in observing the hygiene and health rules throughout the production process and is aimed at "guaranteeing the population’s health in terms of the hygiene, freshness and nutritional value of the food products they consume."
Order of the Minister of Health no. 975 on December 16th, 1998 approving the Norms on the Hygiene and Health of Food Products
The effective Romanian legislation states the list of food additives accepted to be used in the food industry, also mentioning the foods in which they can be used and the maximal accepted dose. This list is compliant with the list of additives accepted in the European Union.
Categories of Food Additives accepted by the Romanian legislation
PreservativesAntioxidantsAcidifiersBuffersAntifoaming agentsEmulsifiersJellification agents, sequestering agents, stabilizers, thickenersSweetenersNatural and synthetic colouring agentsLeavening agents and anticaking agentsFlavour enhancersSupport-substancesEnzymesFlavourings
Main groups of foodstuffs
The Accepted Daily Intake of Food Additives is Set Following Extensive Testing.
The labels of foods products must include the following:
The quality standards are the guaranty of the safety food product.
The consumers’ responsibility is food hygiene.