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Who does what?

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From municipal administrations to the European Commission, a great number of authorities and institutions contribute to making food safer. The following text outlines some of the important players. More: Who does what? …

Official food control

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Official food control checks that companies are complying with the legal provisions. The BVL prepares coordinated control plans as part of these checks. More: Official food control …

European rapid alert systems

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Here you will find an overview of the structure, functionality and the various types of notifications in the rapid alert systems for food and feed as well as commodities. More: European rapid alert systems …

Cross-border trade

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Businesses wanting to place food of animal origin on the market must be authorised by the competent authority, and are entered and published in the database of companies trading in animal foodstuffs kept by the BVL. More: Cross-border trade …

G@ZIELT: Safe Shopping on the Internet

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Since July 2013 the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has been hosting the Common Central Unit "Control of Food, Feed, Cosmetics, Consumer Goods and Tobacco Products Traded on the Internet", in short G@ZIELT. More: G@ZIELT: Safe Shopping on the Internet …

Joint expert commission of the BVL and BfArM

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With high professional and scientific authority, the commission drafts opinions on specific issues concerning the classification of substances which are placed on the market as foodstuffs/food ingredients. More: Joint expert commission BVL and BfArM …

Crisis management

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The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) can take over co-ordinating functions in crisis management of food-borne disease outbreaks that affect more than one federal state. More: Crisis Management …

FBO and Zoonoses

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System in place for identification, epidemiological investigations and reporting of foodborne outbreaks. More: FBO and Zoonoses …

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