The Federal Office for Food Safety was founded as an authority by the GESG. The main tasks are the approval and certification as well as control and monitoring of the placing on the market of agricultural inputs in accordance with the Seed Act, the Plant Material Act, the Plant Variety Protection Act, the Plant Protection Products Act, the Plant Protection Act, the Feedstuffs Act, the Fertilizer Act and the Marketing Standards Act, as well as the monitoring of testing laboratories in accordance with § 52 of the Chemicals Act and applicable legal bases for illegal fishing. BAES plays the role of risk manager. This means that facts from the aforementioned materials (see laws) are assessed on the basis of scientific expert opinions for the protection of humans, animals and plants and are submitted to official decisions. Decisions are made objectively and independently.
Amendment of the marketing standards control regulation
This amendment reduces the number of import and export offices for the marketing standards sector to 14 throughout Austria.
Customs Office Austria and BAES strengthen cooperation in control along the food chain
The cooperation agreement between customs and BAES brings more safety for consumers with regard to food as well as protection of domestic agriculture against introduced pests.
Plant Health Day: Plants also need a passport in the EU
The plant passport guarantees safe trade of plants within the EU and the containment of the spread of plant pests. On the occasion of the 2nd International Plant Health Day, the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and the BAES draw attention to the importance of this label and explain how consumers can read it correctly. Buying plants regionally can also save transport distances and thus CO2.
BAES supports fight against environmental crime
In the future, the BAES and the Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) will jointly contribute their expertise to an Austrian task force to combat environmental crime.
Product recall of the plant protection product "Luna Sensation"
Bayer is recalling the crop protection product Luna® Sensation (Reg. No. 3603-0) with lot number EM4L034635.
Product recall of the plant protection product "VINOSTAR"
The company Adama Deutschland GmbH recalls the plant protection product VINOSTAR® (Reg. Nur. 3269-0) with the batch number 411324237.
Plant Health: Update of import bans on high-risk plants
According to the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/2019, certain "high-risk plants" from third countries are subject to an import ban.
Product warning: Dog food Wolfsblut Adult Atlantic Tuna, Tuna and Sea Lettuce, 2 kg and 15 kg.
The company Healthfood24 GmbH recalls more complete feeds of the brand Wolfsblut.
Plant health: update of the "special requirements" for the import of plants
When importing live plants (other than tissue culture) from third countries, certain "additional declarations" must be included on the phytosanitary certificate.
Change of the deadline for the delivery of fresh eggs to consumers
EU regulations concerning the marketing of fresh eggs will be replaced by a 28-day period after laying, instead of the previous 21-day period.