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Facts and figures 2009 - Favv

Facts and figures 2009 - Favv

From Farm to

From Farm to Fork

Our Task: From Farm to Fork Our task is to preserve the safety of the food chain and the quality of food in order to protect the health of humans, animals and plants. The Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) is a federal executive agency with authority on the whole Belgian territory (in 2009, it came under the authority of the Minister of Agriculture). In accordance with the Federal Act of 4 February 2000, the FASFC is responsible for laying down, implementing and enforcing measures related to the assessment and the management of risks that may affect the health of consumers, but also the health of animals and plants. The major tasks of the FASFC are: 1° controlling, testing and inspecting foodstuffs and raw materials thereof at all stages of the food chain 2° controlling and inspecting the production, the processing, the storing, the transporting, the marketing, the importing/ exporting of products as well as the locations where these activities take place 3° registering operators and establishments exercising activities that come under the authority of the FASFC as well as issuing, suspending or withdrawing approvals and authorisations required to exercise certain activities in the food chain 4° integrating and designing identification and tracing systems for foods and their raw materials in the food chain and controlling these systems 5° gathering, classifying, managing, filing and distributing all information related to its task 6° working out and implementing a policy of prevention, awareness-raising and information, in consultation with Communities and Regions 7° supervising the application of legal provisions by all components of the food chain, from agricultural input (fertilizers, feed, plant protection products) to catering businesses and retail trade. 11

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