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Food Safety

The Food Safety Policy of the European Union aims to protect human health and consumers' interests while ensuring the proper functioning of the internal market. To achieve this goal, EU develops and enforces control standards in the area of food hygiene and food, health and animal welfare, phytosanitary requirements and preventing the risk of contamination from external substances. Also it prescribes rules to ensure proper labeling of such products. This Policy was reformed in the early 2000s namely under the motto "farm to table". A high level of food safety and food products marketed in the Union is thus guaranteed at all stages of the value chain (e.g. production and distribution). This procedure applies both to food produced in and imported from third countries.