The control of foodstuffs of animal origin in Finland focuses on food safety and ensuring that the foodstuffs are fit for human consumption. The control also comprises sensory quality of foodstuffs and preventing spoilage.
Food properties that are significant for the consumers include the origin, health and welfare of production animals, veterinary medicines and possible use of growth promoters. The presence of these quality factors can be verified through the control system which covers the whole production chain.
In Finland food control extends from the field to the consumers' table ("from stable to table"). In the Nordic countries the focus in food control has shifted from the study of the final products to the different stages of the production chain, especially hygiene in primary production. Food safety is guaranteed by ensuring the safety of the raw materials. Quality control of foodstuffs is founded on self-checks of the food companies, which are monitored by the authorities. The municipalities have the main responsibility for the control.
Agriculture is the foundation of food economy. One objective of the common agricultural policy of the EU is to stabilise the price level of agricultural products through various kinds of intervention systems and market support.
For further information please contact
Department of Food and Health
Visiting address: Mariankatu 23
Mailing address: PO Box 30, FI-00023, GOVERNMENT, Finland
Tel. +358-9-16001, Fax +358-9-1605 3338, -1605 4777
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