The role of the Hellenic food safety authority in Greece: implementation strategies
Varzakas, T.H., Tsigarida, E.T., Apostolopoulos, C., Kalogridou-Vassiliadou, D. and Jukes, D.J. (2006) The role of the Hellenic food safety authority in Greece: implementation strategies. Food Control, 17 (12). pp. 957-965. ISSN 0956-7135
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2005.07.002
During the last 15 years, a series of food scares and crises (BSE, dioxin. foot and mouth disease) have seriously under-mined public confidence in food producers and operators and their capacity to produce safe food. As a result, food safety has become a top priority of the European legislative authorities and systems of national food control have been tightened up and have included the establishment of the European Food Safety Authority. In Greece a law creating the Hellenic Food Safety Authority has been approved. The main objectives of this Authority are to promote the food security to consumers and inform them of any changes or any development in the food and health sector. The paper reviews the general structure of the current food control system in Greece. It describes the structure and the mission of the Hellenic Food Safety Authority and explains the strategy to carry out inspections and the analysis of the preliminary results of such inspections. Details are also given of the personnel training and certification and accreditation standards to be met by the Authority by the end of 2004. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.