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Safe Finnish Food

Presentation in NOPA 2018 fair in Hong Kong

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Safe Finnish Food

  1. 1. Safe Finnish Food Finnish Food Safety Authority Senior Officer Sanna Kiuru
  2. 2. 2 Suomi – Finland, where on earth is that?
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  4. 4. 4 Photos: Visit Finland; Gary Wornell; Sakari Piippo – Finnish Promotion Board Picture: moomin.com
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  8. 8. Organisation of food safety in Finland  Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry  Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira  Regional State Administrative Agencies (RSAA)  Local Municipal Authorities (MFCA)
  9. 9. EVIRA’S MISSION: 1. High levels of food safety, animal health and plant health are maintained. 2. Animal welfare is improved. 3. The conditions for high-quality food production are secured and the productivity of agriculture and the food industry is growing. 4. The farming, forestry and food industries adapt sustainably to climate change. 5. The food supply chain responsibility for its operations is verifiable. 6. Welfare is promoted by safe nutrition. 9 Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira Evira promotes safety, quality and reliability within the food supply chain, all the way from nature to the plate.
  10. 10. What makes Finnish food safe?  Arctic position: cold winters and light summers → Only few dangerous diseases of plants and animals  Low use of pesticides and herbicides  Responsible veterinary use of antibiotics  Abundant sources of clean fresh water  Low levels of heavy metals in soil  Clean, fresh air  Open communication between farmers, authorities and the food industry 10
  11. 11. Finnish systems for safe food 11  The Oiva system – public information to consumers  The broader the smile, the better the food safety – Four alternative smileys – Published on the internet and at company entrances  Hygiene passport – More than 1,1 million passports issued – 20% of the total population of Finland EXCELLENT GOOD ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT POOR
  12. 12. Control programs - safe food 12  Stringent animal disease control and surveillance programs − For more than 50 diseases  Salmonella ‐ Salmonella occurrence in cattle, pigs, poultry, food and feed < 1 %  Campylobacter ‐ Low occurrence in poultry meat  Residues and contaminants ‐ Extremely low levels (including heavy metals)
  13. 13. Finland has an excellent animal health status 13 * Disease Last recorded Aujeszky’s disease Never Bluetongue Never Foot and mouth disease 1959 Fowl typhoid Never Classical swine fever 1917 African swine fever Never PRRS Never Pullorum disease 1961
  14. 14. Welfare of animals is strictly regulated  Animal welfare is not only an ethical issue ‐ Happy animals produce better quality food, when animals experience less stress and pain  Excellent management practices, e.g. ‐ Dedicated producers ‐ Piglets’ tails are not cut, sufficient space and activities are provided ‐ Beaks are not trimmed from chicks 14
  15. 15. ONE HEALTH 15 Image: Med-Vet-Net Association on zoonoses research
  16. 16. Finland’s food production chain promotes One Health  Responsible veterinary use of antibiotics since 1970`s  Antibiotics prescription only – Mostly only single animals treated – Very low level of group treatment  Use for growth promotion is prohibited → Very low level of antimicrobial resistance 16
  17. 17. Organic production and certification in Finland 17
  18. 18.  The system for controlling organic production has been defined in EU legislation  The processing, importing and marketing of organic products are controlled through the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira  Evira operates the inspection system for organic farming through 15 regional Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, who certify production on organic farms  Evira coordinates, audits and provides regular training for inspectors 18 Certification and control of organic production
  19. 19.  All organic farms and other operators must undergo a mandatory inspection, at least once a year.  All organic farms and companies involved in organic production have an organic production plan, to help them fulfil the requirements set for organic farming and production.  There were 5000 operators in organic primary production and over 700 operators organic food production in 2017 19 All operators that produce, store, import, export or market organic products are subject to organic control
  20. 20.  The EU organic logo is used in Finland on all certified organically produced foodstuffs  The EU organic logo can only be used by operators who have submitted their activities to the organic control system and who follow the rules and regulations regarding organic production.  In addition to the EU organic logo, the Finnish “Luomu” logo may be used in Finland. 20 Organic labelling
  21. 21.  A total of 4,587 organic farms in Finland  The average size of an organic farm is 56.6 hectares.  The number of organic livestock farms was 974. Most of them produce beef or milk.  There were 13 organic pig farms and 3 organic poultry farms. Organic eggs were produced in 51 farms. 21 Organic farms in Finland (2017)
  22. 22. Oats - the most important organic cereal 22
  23. 23. 23 Organic milk and egg production increased by 10% in 2017
  24. 24. Source_ FIBL & IFOAM: The World of Organic Agriculture 2017 Wild harvested products  The world’s largest certified organic wild collection areas for wild berries are in Northern and Eastern Finland.  The most important berries are wild bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea). 24
  25. 25. THANK YOU! Come and visit us at the Food from Finland pavilion (E30)! www.evira.fi/en Twitter: @Evira_Export

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