New food policy

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The urbanisation, technical changes, and the industrialisation of the food systems on one hand and increased income and changes in lifestyles on the other hand transform the way food is produced, marketed and consumed - those changes call for changes in the nature of food policy.

Concerns over food safety have become an important driver of reform of food policy. In particular, the BSE crisis in 1996 had a significant impact on the formulation of a change in food safety policy in the EU. The White Paper on Food Safety was prepared by the EU commision as a response to the BSE scandal as the EU felt a need for restablishing public confidence in its food supply, its food science, its laws and its food control. In addition, the White Paper on Food Safety points towards a farm to fork policy in that 'as the food production chain is becoming increasingly complex, the health of consumers can ony be adequately protected if every link in this chain is as strong as the other'.

The presentation describes the new food systems which call for changes in the food policy and call for shifting the focus from the role of the government to governance.

Original languageEnglish
Publication date2007
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventPolicy for the Food Marketing Chain - København, Denmark
Duration: 12 Jun 2007 → …


ConferencePolicy for the Food Marketing Chain
Period12/06/2007 → …

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