Safe food

All foods sold in Germany must be safe. This applies to imported products as well. Additives must be approved. Harmful residues in pesticides are banned. It should also be readily obvious from labelling whether a food contains allergens.

Guaranteeing safe food is a complex task. This is because food is increasingly being traded at global level, new ingredients and products are being developed, pathogens occur and consumers change their eating habits.

That's why there is a safeguard system for food that is co-ordinated across Europe and on the international level. The BMEL and its public authorities also ensure that risks are continuously assessed, and the provisions and structures are constantly adapted to the new findings. Monitoring of compliance with these provisions is the responsibility of the Länder.

Safe food

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For consumers, the value of foodstuffs partly depends on how much confidence they have in the safety of those foods. Transparency and information are therefore cornerstones of modern consumer policy.

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Food control and inspection in Germany

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Targeted checks serve to enhance consumer health protection. The private sector, public authorities and consumers all have an active role to play.

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German regulations on the import of food

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Guidelines with important contacts and links

There are a number of national and EU regulations that apply regarding the import of food to Germany.

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