Consumers must be able to access a wide range ofsecure products of a high quality from all member states of the European Union.This is an essential function of the internal market. The complexity of thefood production chain is steadily increasing; each one of its links must have asolid identity so as to protect consumer health in an appropriate manner.
This principle must be applied to all foods, whether they are producedwithin the European Community or imported from other countries. An effectivefood security policy must recognise the inter-dependent nature of foodproduction. It requires definition and supervision of the consumer health risksassociated with the raw materials, agricultural practices and food processingactivities. It requires effective regulatory measures to manage these risks andit generates a need for the establishment and operation of control systems forsupervising and guaranteeing the application of said regulations.
Each individual element forms part of a cycle; progress in foodprocessing may require changes to existing rules, while responses from thecontrol systems may contribute towards the detection and management ofpotential or real risks. Each part of the cycle must function properly in orderto guarantee compliance with the strictest of rules on this issue of foodsecurity.
Extract from the White Paper on Food Security