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Conservarea biodiversităţii şi dezvoltare comunitară în Transilvania
Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania

Food hygiene

Promoting good food hygiene policy to protect small/traditional producers

Since EU accession in January 2007, ADEPT has been in the forefront of a campaign for flexibility in enforcement of regulations.

Neither the EU nor the Romanian Government wish to threaten tradition small-scale food production, such an important part of the culture of any country.  The following extracts from EU Directive 852/2004, and DG SANCO guidance on the objective, are relevant:

852/2004 Article 13: authorities should be flexible in the standards of equipment and safety measures they impose on small producers, so long as it does not compromise food hygiene.

EU DG SANCO Guidance on 852/2004:  requirements should be adapted to accommodate traditional methods of production, and the needs of producers in geographically disadvantaged regions.

However, small producers in Romania feel threatened and confused by inconsistent application of regulations, at points of production and at local/traditional markets. 

It is essential that food hygiene policy is developed transparently, consulting representatives of small/traditional producers, and is then transmitted clearly to inspectors and producers at local level.

As part of this campaign, in early 2008 ADEPT, Milvus and WWF published a booklet on Minimum Food Hygiene Conditions, with support of the EU delegation Bucharest and of the Romanian National Agency for veterinary Health and Food Hygiene. This is an important clarification, which will enable small producers to resist the threat represented by excessive regulations. 40,000 copies in Romanian and 10,000 in Hungarian were distributed throughout Romania in 2008.
Providing training
ADEPT has also translated food hygiene training materials into Romanian, and delivered food hygiene courses to over a hundred small entrepreneurs, both food retailers and agro-tourism guesthouse owners.


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Igienă alimentară
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Broșură publicată cu sprijinul Uniunii Europene și al Guvernului României care aduce clarificări în legătură cu condițiile de igienă și siguranță alimentară pentru micii producători. Can be dowloaded in English, Romanian or Hungarian versions at publications section.
Sponsorul Oficial - Fundația Orange România