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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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why to put emphasis on food safety

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

basic legal framework
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
assuring food safety
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

fundamental strategic documents in the czech republic i
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

fundamental strategic documents in the czech republic ii
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

inter ministerial co operation i
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
inter ministerial co operation ii
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
co ordination unit i
Co-ordination Unit I
  • Established in 2002
  • Consists of:
    • representatives of central state administration bodies
    • relevant state supervisory bodies
    • consumer and industry organisations
co ordination unit ii functions
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
scientific committees i
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
scientific committees ii
Scientific Committees II
  • Scientific Committee for Phytosanitary Tasks

and Environment

  • Scientific Committee for Veterinary Tasks
  • Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition
  • Scientific Committee for Foodstuffs
european food safety authority efsa
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
co operation between the cr and the efsa
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

rapid alert system for food and feed rasff
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

participation of the cr in the rasff
Participation of the CR in the RASFF
  • Preparations for participation from 2002
  • Members:
    • 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

strategic opportunities in rasff in the cr
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
monitoring of contaminants in food chain i
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
monitoring of contaminants ii
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
monitoring iii
Monitoring III

Organisations performing monitoring in agriculture:

  • 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
genetically modified organisms gmo i food
Genetically modified organismsGMO I - food

Based on Regulation of the EP and of theCouncil

No. 1829/2003


  • GMO´s for use in food
  • GMO containing food
  • food manufactured from GMO´s or containing ingredients from GMO´s
genetically modified organisms gmo ii feed
Genetically modified organismsGMO II - feed

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



  • GMO´s for use in feed
  • GMO containing feed
  • feed produced from GMO´s
gmo iii administration of gmo
GMO III - Administration of GMO

Administration of applicationsincludesco-operation


  • Applicant
  • Member State (MoA, MH, ME, CISTA)
  • EFSA
  • Commission
  • Public
novel food
Novel Food

Based on Regulation of the EP and of theCouncil



  • 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

communication with consumers organisations
Communication with consumers‘ organisations
  • Close co-operation of the MoA with non-government


  • Participation of representatives of “consumers” in:

the Co-ordination Unit

  • The Working Group for communication with consumers
working group for communication with consumers
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
food safety information centre i
Food Safety Information Centre I

  • 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
food safety information centre ii
Food Safety Information Centre II


  • 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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