The MPC’s actions concerning food safety aim to improve transparency and enhance consumer protection.
The “farm to fork” concept
The “farm to fork” or “farm to table” concept ensures the traceability of food products throughout the supply chain, all the way to the final consumer.
The players in the supply chain, including farmers, processing plants, logistics services, distribution centres and retailers, must analyse and control their internal practices and procedures at every stage of the chain in order to ensure food safety and protect consumers.
The further removed consumers are from the food source, the more complex the “farm to fork” checks become.
Few are aware of the complex processes involved in the preservation and transport of food to deliver fresh, high-quality products. The increasing complexity of this process means that every level of the supply chain must be monitored more closely than ever before to prevent contaminated products from reaching trusting consumers.
Transparent and comprehensive information for all the players in the food chain, including consumers, is therefore crucial to the system’s success.
Government Commissariat for Quality, Fraud and Food Safety
This body is placed under the authority of the MPC and is tasked with:
- the organisation and coordination of monitoring and testing food products
- harmonising the various control procedures
- operating the single focal point for international authorities (Commission, EFSA, Codex Alimentarius, etc.) and
- bringing Luxembourgish law in line with European food safety regulations.
Single administration in charge of official controls in the food chain
In collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development, the MPC is preparing the ground for the creation of an administration that will bundle the following:
- the Food Safety Unit of the Health Directorate
- the Veterinary Services Administration
- some control services under the authority of the Administration of Technical Agricultural Services, and
- the Government Commissariat for Quality, Fraud and Food Safety
The aim is to strengthen the efficiency and efficacy of official controls in the food chain and contribute to the simplification of procedures for both operators and the administrations.
Compliance and revision of the legislative and regulatory frameworks
The legislative framework for food safety, quality and fraud requires amendments.
The MPC shall undertake a legislative reform in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development and in line with Regulations (EU) 2017/625 and (EU) 2019/1381.