Food and feed safety — crisis management plan

 

SUMMARY OF:

Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/300 establishing a general plan for crisis management in the field of the safety of food and feed

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DECISION?

KEY POINTS

The crisis management plan:

Each EU country’s government, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Commission appoint one crisis coordinator to act as a single contact point. The crisis coordinators:

Enhanced coordination — the first level of EU response — is triggered when there is:

In such cases, the Commission:

The Commission may decide to step up the level of EU response and establish a crisis unit when:

The crisis unit:

All crisis coordinators, on the basis of a follow-upCommission report, meet to identify potential lessons learned and any necessary improvements required.

A communication strategy requires the Commission to coordinate clear, targeted and effective information to the public during an incident on the assessment and management of the risk. The information, at both national and European level, should be timely, sound and reliable.

FROM WHEN DOES THE DECISION APPLY?

It has applied since 13 March 2019.

BACKGROUND

The EU operates on the principle that prevention is better than cure. It has in place a wide range of checks and standards to ensure the food produced and eaten is safe for human consumption.

However, crises, such as the BSE ‘mad cow’ outbreak in the 1990s, occasionally occur. To react quickly and effectively to such threats, it has put in place measures to avoid or minimise any threats to public health or the economy.

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KEY TERMS

Incident: detection of a biological, chemical or physical hazard in food, feed or humans which could cause a public health risk.
Foodborne outbreak: 2 or more human cases of the same disease or infection probably linked to the same food source.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/300 of 19 February 2019 establishing a general plan for crisis management in the field of the safety of food and feed (OJ L 50, 21.2.2019, pp. 55-65)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety (OJ L 31, 1.2.2002, pp. 1-24)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 have been incorporated into the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, amending Regulations (EC) No 999/2001, (EC) No 396/2005, (EC) No 1069/2009, (EC) No 1107/2009, (EU) No 1151/2012, (EU) No 652/2014, (EU) 2016/429 and (EU) 2016/2031 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Regulations (EC) No 1/2005 and (EC) No 1099/2009 and Council Directives 98/58/EC, 1999/74/EC, 2007/43/EC, 2008/119/EC and 2008/120/EC, and repealing Regulations (EC) No 854/2004 and (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council, Council Directives 89/608/EEC, 89/662/EEC, 90/425/EEC, 91/496/EEC, 96/23/EC, 96/93/EC and 97/78/EC and Council Decision 92/438/EEC (Official Controls Regulation) (OJ L 95, 7.4.2017, pp. 1-142)

See consolidated version.

Decision No 1082/2013/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC (OJ L 293, 5.11.2013, pp. 1-15)

See consolidated version.

Directive 2003/99/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 November 2003 on the monitoring of zoonoses and zoonotic agents, amending Council Decision 90/424/EEC and repealing Council Directive 92/117/EEC (OJ L 325, 12.12.2003, pp. 31-40)

See consolidated version.

last update 21.06.2019