Food security in Poland and the national legislation

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A discussion about food security in Poland ought to start from the laws and regulations currently in force in the country. At present, agricultural produce we consume may come from any place in the world. Consequently, it would be advisable for the regulations concerning food, which are becoming stricter and stricter, to be implemented consistently by suitable institutions and supervisory bodies.

The definition of food security

Food security, as defined by the Law on food and alimentary security from August 25th, 2006, concerns all the conditions that need to be fulfilled […] and activities which need to be taken at all food production and handling stages in order to ensure safety of human life and health. Law on food and alimentary security took force on August 25th, 2006 and it is the primary legal act which regulates food security in Poland. The supervisory bodies charged with safeguarding food security in Poland include:
• Chief Sanitary Inspection (Państwowa Inspekcja Sanitarna)
• Chief Veterinary Inspection (Inspekcja Weterynaryjna)
• Agricultural and Food Quality Inspection (Inspekcja Jakości Handlowej Artykułów Rolno-Spożywczych)
• Plant Health and Seed Inspection (Państwowa Inspekcja Ochrony Roślin i Nasiennictwa)
• Chief Trade Inspection (Inspekcja Handlowa)

Requirements specified by the European Union

As a Member State of the EU, Poland is obliged to abide by the European-wide regulations. In particular, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 that specified the general principles and requirements of food safety and security, set up the European Food Safety Authority and established food safety procedures.

Taking care of the public health

The politicians who are the authors of the regulations on food security consider customer protection their priority. Norms and standards which are established concern both entities from EU Member States as well as other countries that export their agricultural produce to the European Union.