The Spanish Government and the autonomous regions have approved the National Plan for the official control of the food chain (Pncoca) at the Sectoral Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), said control plan will be valid for five years, until 2025, and it describes its guiding principles and the territorial organization, the distribution of powers between administrations and four high-level goals.
Three of these objectives, within the scope of the MAPA, have been approved by the Sectorial Conference and refer to 21 national official control programs.
Said objectives are, firstly, to reduce risks to human, animal and plant health through controls in primary production; secondly, to guarantee the quality of food and fight against food fraud, and thirdly, to reduce risks for human, animal and plant health with the control of imports and exports.
The plan, drafted in accordance with the European regulation on official controls, is overseen in Spain by a coordination group in which the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism are also represented, together with other coordination groups connecting the ministries and the autonomous regions.