The Agriculture and Food Section is responsible for veterinary and phytosanitary matters, animal nutrition and welfare, the processes related to food and feed production, labelling and legislation. It conducts control activity in these areas through supervisory bodies.
The Agriculture and Food Section is composed of the Food Department and the Food Safety Department.
The Food Department has three Units:
- Food Law and Quality Unit
- Food Chain Unit
- Official Controls in the Food Chain Unit
- Harmonization of Czech legislation with EU law (full responsibility)
- Legislation: Foodstuffs, Tobacco Products and Ethyl-alcohol (full responsibility)
- Contact point for the European Commission in the field of food
- Policy development and analysis of trends in food industry and tobacco industry
- Food quality (coordination)
- Standardization (coordination) – national and international level
- GHP and GMP (coordination)
- Consumer protection (coordination)
- National programme of subsidies for food business operators
- Cooperation with supervisory bodies of the EC: DG SANTE, DG AGRI, the European Court of Auditors and the European Anti-Fraud Office
- Providing and managing of the system of carcass classification according to the SEUROP
- Unification and coordination of the checking procedures of official supervision
- Risk management
The Food Safety Department has two Units:
- Food Safety Unit
- Food Safety Information Centre Unit
- Contact point for the EFSA
- Food Safety Strategy in the CR
- Communication on risks associated with the food chain
- Responsibility for monitoring of contaminants in the food chain
- Responsibility for monitoring RASFF in the Czech Republic
- Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- Novel food
The Ministry of Agriculture, in accordance with the Strategy to Ensure Food Safety in the Czech Republic (Strategy) has established in 2002 the Food Safety Coordination Unit. The Coordination Unit is a permanent advisory and initiating body of the Minister of Agriculture in the sphere of the food safety.
Main activities of the Food Safety DepartmentFood Safety Strategy in the CR The Strategy main objective is to ensure an effective protection of health and support for consumer interests in connection with foodstuffs, namely through a safe food production and distribution, primarily by emphasis on logical links between agriculture and processing industry. Risk assessment and risk communicationIn connection with the Department and other relevant state authorities, the Scientific Committees provide for a link between risk assessment and risk communication and submit to the public verified and comprehensible information. Contact point for the EFSAMeetings of the AF EFSA, Focal Points and Working Groups are attended by representatives of this Department. It has become involved in these bodies and groups and participates in all of EFSA and the Agriculture and Food Section electronic communication platforms include Extranet EFSA, its Web Site and the Department´s Food Safety Information Center´s “foodsafety.cz” Web Site. Responsibility for monitoring of contaminants in the food chain The Food Safety Department coordinates the national monitoring plan in cooperation with the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic, the Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture (CISTA) and the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA). There is annually published summary report about the results of this monitoring in the food chain. RASFF coordination in the Czech RepublicThe Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed – RASFF is a mutually connected network which joins EU Member States with the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); with the main purpose to prevent danger to consumers from dangerous foods or (by way of) animal feeds. The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) is the National Contact Point for the RASFF. However, the secretariat of the Food Safety Coordination Group at the Ministry of Agriculture is the main Coordination point. More information Genetically modified organisms (GMOs)Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have broad field of application, mainly scientific. In everyday life, they are commonly used as feed for livestock; genetically modified food is practically non-existent in the EU (GM food or feed means products containing, consisting of or produced from GMOs). Legislation concerning genetically modified food and feed is resolved on Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. List of approved GMO can be found in EU Register of authorised GMOs. Representatives of the Food Safety Department attend meetings concerning authorisation of GMOs with the European Commission and other member state’s representatives.More: http://www.bezpecnostpotravin.cz/kategorie/geneticky-modifikovane-potraviny-a-krmiva.aspx Novel foodNovel food is defined as food that has not been consumed to any significant degree in the EU before 15th May 1997 (when REGULATION (EC) No 258/97 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 January 1997 concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients entered into force). This can be newly developed, innovative food or food produced using new technologies and production processes as well as food traditionally eaten outside of the EU. Novel Food must be: - Safe for consumers - Properly labelled to not mislead consumers Authorised novel food includes products traditionally eaten in non-EU countries such as chia seeds (high in omega-3 fatty acids), and food produced using the latest technological innovations such as heat-treated milk products fermented with Bacteroides xylanisolvens (DSM 23964). Other examples include "salatrim" a reduced-energy fat, DHA-rich oil from microalgae, Noni juice (Morinda citrifolia). The new novel food Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 25 November 2015 on novel foods aims to improve conditions so that businesses can more easily bring new and innovative food to the EU market. More information: European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/novel_food_en Foto: Shutterstock
The Food Safety Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic invites visitors of the agrosalon Země živitelka for the special event called “Den zdraví” that is held on 24th August 2019 (Saturday). The event is organized especially for children with their parents and it takes place in the area marked as “Dětský zemědělský svět” close to the main entrance.
Several activities are prepared, such as …
“Pitný režim“ – Activities related to drinking regime. How much liquids is needed per day? Which drinks/beverages are healthy or unhealthy?
“Co patří do lednice?“ – Activities related to proper foods storage. Which foods really belong in your fridge or freezer?
“Víš, co jíš a neseš?“ – Activity that demonstrates overweight or even obesity. Children can try how does it feel to carry unnecessary kilograms.
“Trávení“ – Activity focused on digestion (GI tract).
Information (promo) tent of Food Safety Information Center, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic offers packages with gift items for those who will finish all the previously mentioned activities.
An entertaining musical performance entitled “Přijede k nám návštěva” is prepared for the youngest visitors. It is performed by artistic duo Vanda and Standa who use games and songs to emphasize the importance of healthy diet, proper foods storage and, for example, hand washing.
Information (promo) tent of Food Safety Information Center will be opened during the whole day. Information materials and publications related to nutrition, health and food safety will be available for free.
Click here to see a video from last year's event.
For more information see: https://www.zemezivitelka.cz/program/24-srpna-3.html
Author: Food Safety Information Center, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
Currently, the Food Safety Department, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic has launched the mobile application called “Víš, co jíš?” for the iOS. Previously, it has been launched for the smartphones that operates in the Android system version 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and other later versions. Nowadays, this application is also available for free for iPhone users.
The mobile application “Víš, co jíš?” contains three parts (modules), namely: Nutrition in general, E-numbers and the Food Safety Dictionary.
Nutrition in general
The first module called “Nutrition in general” is practical and well-arranged guide for nutrition. It includes basic information about nutrients, nutritional recommendations, healthy diet and possibility to determine your body mass index (BMI).
In the second module, it is possible to find any food additive (E-number) according to its name, E-code or its category.
All used food additives in the certain foodstuff must be stated on the label. In the list of components, the category of food additives is stated followed by their specific name or E-code.
It is possible to use this particular module without internet connection.
Food Safety Dictionary
The last module is the Food Safety Dictionary. It includes more than 800 terms related to food safety, food science, nutrition etc. For the use of the Food Safety Dictionary, the internet connection is needed.
Free download via this link: https://bezpecnostpotravin.cz/kategorie/aplikace-vis-co-jis-do-mobilnich-telefonu-(android-ios).aspx
Author: Food Safety Information Center, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic
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