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Applicable controls and breeder commitments

Health and welfare; traceability; environment; and ethics. Each of the previous points are controlled by law.

Food can be produced under more restrictive conditions and labeled accordingly (e.g. protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI), and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG), ethical food, organic etc.

Please find below a list of the European Union (EU) controls and commitments concerning each point.

Health and welfare

  • Legal obligation
    • Drugs control
    • Vet prescription control
    • Drinking water analysis periodic control
    • Forage quality control
    • Milk somatic cell count control
    • Animal welfare base line control
    • Farm waste control
    • Carcass removal regulation
  • Commitment
    • Antibiotic reduction
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)


  • Legal obligation
    • Head: National Central Animal Database recording (born, death, movements)
    • Feed: loading and unloading registers to guarantee origin, proper warehousing and timing
    • Drugs: loading and unloading of drugs cupboard
    • Yield production: buffaloes milk production traceability by single heard
  • Commitment
    • Voluntary labelling and traceability systems
    • protected designation of origin (PDO), protected geographical indication (PGI), and traditional specialities guaranteed (TSG), production specifications


  • Legal obligation
    • Livestock unit/ha regulation (density of livestock per hectare)
    • Manure storage and spreading regulation
    • Manure and urine effluent spilling prevention
    • Water-bearing strata contamination prevention
  • Commitment
    • Greenhouse gas emissions mitigation
    • Water consumption reduction
    • Energy saving and renewable energy sources supply


  • Legal obligation
    • Illegal recruitment in agriculture (caporalato ban)
    • National agreement compliance

With our choices in our everyday life we affect the way our food is produced “from Fork to Farm” but we have to be aware of the significance of each labeling and of the fact that many legal obligations are present in EU also in food without any additional labelling.

Something for you to discuss

  • What about you? Do you look for specific labelling in the food that you buy?

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Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a Changing Environment

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