Foodstuffs are controlled to ensure that they are safe and comply with rules and regulations. The main responsibility for food safety lies always with the food business operator.
Domestic food production is monitored from the field to the table, and food imported from other countries from the border to the table. Well-functioning and independent monitoring increases consumers' trust in food safety and information provided in the labelling.
Food business operators ensure the safety of their foodstuffs with a system of own checks, or in-house control. This means that the food business operator is responsible for looking into the risks involved in the operations and employing the means needed to manage the risks. Monitoring performed by the authorities is only aimed at ensuring that the operator's own-check system works. Operations in the food sector cover the production, handling, preparation, packaging, transport, import and storage of food and placing of food on the market.
The following licences and notifications apply to the food sector:
In certain professions, a person must fulfil certain professional qualification requirements stipulated in legislation. Requirements may refer to training and/or professional experience or passing certain examinations.
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