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29 April 2015

On the starting blocks: the plan for safety and food quality

The Italian regions are committed to a plan to strictly control the food chain.

Some excellent news for Italian consumers: the creation of the National Integrated Plan (PNI 2015-2018) prepared by the Ministry of Health, in coordination with other institutions in charge of different sectors, and already approved by the State-Regions Conference with the agreement of December 18, 2014.
This important agreement will extend the public controls on the stages of food production to new areas mistakenly considered as secondary: animal health and welfare, feeding and the protection of the environment. These are all aimed at safeguarding consumers and ensuring fair competition.
The National Integrated Plan thus aims to redefine the boundaries of the agri-food supply chain to ensure safety and strengthen the fight against fraud.
The objectives that the PNI aims to achieve are, first of all, coordination between the competent authorities and control entities to prevent and combat fraud and irregularities which hurt consumers and operators.
The second objective is the protection of organic farming: the plan envisages that the safety and quality of this type of production are always guaranteed.
Another focal point is the guarantee of geographical indications, including “ex officio” protection, even where no formal complaint has been raised, in order to stamp out and prevent fraud.
Special attention will be given to protecting important sectors for the “Made in Italy” brand, which include: olive oil, milk and dairy products, bivalve molluscs, honey and other hive products.

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