Food Safety Strategies

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Food safety is important and indispensable. We all eat every day and we all must be able to rest assured that the food we eat does not pose a threat to our health. The increasing globalisation of the world‘s food markets poses ever-new challenges for those persons responsible for food safety. New pathogens or residues of contaminants necessitate the use of new analytical methods at the end of the chain and, often as a result, amended rules and regulations for cultivation and processing at the start of the chain. Today we owe our high level of food safety in Europe and Germany to a continually evolving network dedicated to risk minimisation. Agriculture, the processing industry, trade, inspection bodies, the research community and the political sector each bear their own particular responsibility in this connection. At the same time – as in many other areas of life – a 100% guarantee is never possible because food safety involves biological systems that are perpetually changing in dynamic ways. 

Whenever a new hazardous situation arises, we take appropriate action. For example, following the EHEC epidemic in 2011 we significantly improved cooperation between Germany‘s federal government and Land (state) governments in crisis situations. In addition, consumer information was made more transparent and cooperation within the EU was intensified.

This brochure outlines the strategies and structures which link the partners in the food production chain with one another. The “seven fundamental principles of food safety” provide a map that shows how the various aspects fit together like pieces in a puzzle to create a whole. Whoever says that food in Germany has never been safer is right. Ensuring that this remains so requires a daily commitment from all involved to continually work to ensure food safety. 

Ilse Aigner
Bundesministerium für Ernährung