What is Better Training for Safer Food?

Better Training for Safer Food is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at organising a EU training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules. Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative. Training is designed for staff of competent authorities of EU Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States. It is also essential that third countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU standards and import requirements. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU is also available to participants from third countries and specific training activities are organised for third country participants on the spot.