Consumer protection

At the very top of the agenda of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is the ongoing effort to ensure that our food remains safe along the entire chain - from stable to table. All foods sold in Germany must be safe. With regard to product safety, the BMEL works to ensure that protection is provided against allergenic and hazardous substances.

Consumer protection
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Overview of topics

Food hy­giene and safe­ty

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. Food hygiene are the conditions and measures necessary to ensure the safety of food from production to consumption.

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Prod­uct safe­ty

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) aims to protect consumers and minimise the risks concerning the use of tobacco products, cosmetics, food contact materials and other commodities which come into contact either with humans directly or with food intended for human consumption. 

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Ger­man reg­u­la­tions on the im­port of food (topic:food-controls)

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

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Sci­en­tif­ic Ad­vi­so­ry Board on Agri­cul­tur­al Pol­i­cy, Food and Con­sumer Health Pro­tec­tion (topic:ministry)

The Scientific Advisory Board on Agricultural Policy, Food and Consumer Health Protection (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat für Agrarpolitik, Ernährung und gesundheitlichen Verbraucherschutz – WBAE) is an interdisciplinary body that advises the Ministry in the development of its policies in these areas.

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Trav­el­ling with pet birds (topic:pets-zoo-animals)

Imports of pet birds from countries outside the EU (third countries) are carried out under controlled conditions in order to prevent the introduction and spread of "Avian Influenza".

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Hy­giene re­quire­ments for the pri­ma­ry pro­duc­tion, pro­duc­tion, pro­cess­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of foods (topic:food-hygiene)

All food business operators, including agricultural enterprises, are subject to the EU hygiene legislation. At all stages of production, processing and distribution, including primary production, they must ensure that the foodstuffs they place on the market are safe.

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Trav­el­ling with rab­bits, ham­sters and guinea pigs (topic:pets-zoo-animals)

When entering Germany, up to three domestic rabbits which are not intended to be sold to a third party may be carried when travelling.

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Food con­trol and in­spec­tion in Ger­many (topic:food-controls)

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

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Cos­met­ic prod­ucts – EU reg­u­la­tion en­hances prod­uct safe­ty (topic:cosmetics)

Only safe cosmetic products may be placed on the EU market. The EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 lays down relevant provisions to ensure a high level of health protection with regard to cosmetic products. These rules are constantly being adapted to reflect the latest progress made in the technical and scientific sector.

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Im­por­ta­tion of prod­ucts of an­i­mal ori­gin for per­son­al con­sump­tion (topic:livestock-breeding)

In order to prevent the introduction of animal epidemics, it is prohibited to bring meat, milk and products derived therefrom into the European Union from non-EU countries.

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