SOURCE: French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

December 04, 2006 12:15 ET

French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Launches "French Food Safety" Website

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 4, 2006 -- The French Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries announces the launch of an educational website to suit the needs of professionals and consumers alike. Visitors will be able to access the most up-to-date news and information about the safety, rules and practices that govern French agriculture and food products -- for both the domestic and international markets. outlines the principles of The Safety Plan for French Food, including the following:

--  A Real Expertise communicates facts and statistics regarding French
    agricultural production and consumption;
--  Five Guiding Principles displays the major principles shared by all
    players in the food chain that guide the food safety policy in France;
--  Who Does What? Who Checks What? explains the monitoring system from
    the government to the laboratories, and the missions of each group, within
    the regulatory framework of the European Union;
--  Traceability & Transparency illustrates the Ministry's endeavor to
    make use of every available source to ensure complete knowledge about the
    origin of ingredients and materials used to make any French food product;
--  A Shared Responsibility profiles the players in the food production
    chain who work together to assure both consumers and professionals about
    the quality and safety of French products in France and abroad.
Also available on the website, to be downloaded in 12 different languages, is an 18-page Food Safety System Guide. This report provides a thorough introduction to France's food safety system by showcasing the various organizations and key players involved and their various responsibilities in contributing toward French food safety. aims to be the most current and comprehensive source of information for consumers and professionals around the world regarding the collective effort undertaken by the French industry and authorities to ensure the safety of all French agricultural products "from the field to the plate!"

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    French Embassy – Economic Department
    Office of the Counselor for Agriculture
    4101 Reservoir Road, NW
    WASHINGTON, DC 20007
    Tel: (202) 944-6361