European Commission’s unit for food safety and health - DG Sante

EU audits US controls to ensure safety of non-animal origin food

European officials have evaluated the way the United States controls microbiological contamination in food of non-animal origin that is destined for Europe. The review by DG Sante, the European Commission’s unit for food safety and health, found there are no specific microbiological hazard control procedures for exports of almonds, leafy vegetables and frozen soft fruits bound for the EU.

The audit in September 2019 included six farms producing almonds, leafy greens, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, five companies processing and packing for exports to the EU and three EU exporters.

It assessed the system of official controls in food hygiene to prevent microbiological contamination during production of food of non-animal origin (FNAO), such as almonds, seeds for sprouting and fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables for direct consumption.

In 2017, exports of leafy vegetables from the United States to EU was 3,042 tons and decreased in 2018 to 607 tons. The United States sent 658 tons of fresh strawberries to the EU in 2017, and 651 tons in 2018. For fresh cranberries, bilberries and other such fruit, exports were 1,683 tons in 2017, and 1,211 tons in 2018, according to Eurostat data.


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