Food and Beverage: Regulatory Agencies

Argentina: National Administration on Drugs, Foods, and Medical Devices

The National Administration on Drugs, Foods, and Medical Devices, also known as Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica (ANMAT), is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and food and beverage industries within Argentina. The site contains information on regulations, press releases, and publications. Some areas of the site are only available in Spanish.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: March 31, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Pharmaceuticals , Healthcare , Argentina

Australia & New Zealand: Food Standards

Food Standards is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the food and beverage industry in both Australia and New Zealand. The site contains information on the food code and regulation as well as important information for consumers such as recent recalls, insight into food labeling, and recent food complaints.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: May 11, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Australia , New Zealand

Australia: Department of Primary Ministries

Australia's Department of Primary Ministries develops successful and diverse food and agriculture industries. The site provides recent news related to these industries as well as a number of useful publications detailing a variety of methods to help start, grow, and sustain an agricultural or food-related industry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: March 29, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Australia

Belgium: Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the healthcare, food and beverage industries within Belgium. The site contains information about personal health, food safety, health care, animals and plants, and the environment. Food regulations are addressed for specific aspects of food production, and are downloadable in PDF. Some portions of the site are not available in English.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: March 31, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Healthcare , Belgium

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is charged with the oversight and regulation of the Canadian food and beverage industry. The site contains news, recalls, and regulatory information, as well as a listing of frequently requested links.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 14, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Canada

China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA)

The website for the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) displays important information in regards to the laws and regulations of food and drug production. Additionally, the site allows users to search by type of drug or ingredients to find corresponding regulations and laws. Recent news about the industry is provided on the homepage.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Pharmaceuticals , China

Denmark: Ministry of Environment and Food

The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark includes the AgriFish Agency, the Veterinary and Food Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nature Agency, and the Coastal Authority. The Ministry as a whole is responsible for administrative and research tasks in the areas of environmental protection, farming, and food production. The site provides information about laws and policies covered by the agencies under the ministry's umbrella. In addition, users may access sections with recent news and publications.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 19, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Denmark

France: Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Forest

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Forest is responsible for the regulation of agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and food. The site provides information on various agricultural sectors, the members of the department, press releases, publications, and media. The majority of the website is only available in French, but an "English contents" section is available. This section lists articles and videos that summarize issues the ministry deems important.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 18, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , France

Germany: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) aims to promote a balanced and healthy diet, ensuring that everyday goods are safe. The ministry assists in the development of clear consumer rights and helps to ensure that the agricultural sector is strong and able to perform the duties required of it.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 15, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Germany , Environment

Greece: Ministry for Rural Development and Food

The Ministry for Rural Development and Food is in charge of ensuring the safety of several types of crops grown in Greece. It is also in charge of the regulation of how to farm these plants. The site includes general information on the ministry, as well as news and a list of useful links.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Greece

Hong Kong: Centre for Food Safety (CFS)

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) is responsible for the oversight and regulation of the food and beverage industry within Hong Kong. The site posts recent news about the food industry including incident posts and alerts of food recalls. Additionally, information about import control, export certification, slaughterhouses, animal monitoring, food legislation, and other topics is available for those interested in moving their food-related business to Hong Kong.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Hong Kong

Hungary: Ministry of Rural Development

The Ministry of Rural Development provides central governance for the agriculture, game management, fisheries, and food sectors. This website includes links to all of the laws imposed on these areas as well as information on protected food and beverages within Hungary.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: April 22, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Hungary

India: Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI)

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MOFPI) is responsible for formulating and implementing the policies and plans related to the food processing industry. The site provides information for investors and stakeholders, current research projects and related government agencies, as well as statistics about food-processing in India. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: May 20, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , India

Ireland: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website contains all of the links and documentation that one may need regarding the food and agriculture industries in Ireland. The department itself is in charge of all policies and support related to those industries in Ireland. Publications, legislation, news, and PDF documents on different agricultural sectors are available on the website.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: May 19, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Ireland

Mexico: Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food

The Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries, and Food pursues and researches policies for the betterment of the Agriculture and Food and Beverage industries. The organization also aims to improve the quality of the Mexican ecosystem and rural living. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: July 7, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Mexico

Norway: Ministry of Agriculture and Food

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Norway is responsible for food and agriculture policy. The ministry is also responsible for preparing and ensuring compliance with regulations and guidelines in accordance with adopted legislation and political decisions.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 17, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Norway

South Korea: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs aims to develop agriculture into an industry that supports public health and improves the well-being of rural residents. This website features its projects and has links to relevant policies and statistics.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 20, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , South Korea

Sweden: Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation

The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation is responsible for promoting the development and growth of the service and manufacturing sectors within Sweden. The ministry is also charged with monitoring the agriculture, construction, and food and beverage industries in the country. This website details in depth the ministry's areas of responsibility, organization, and its relationship with the European Union. Recent news related to the ministry is posted on the main page of its website. 

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Construction , Sweden

Sweden: National Food Agency

The National Food Agency is the central administrative authority for all matters concerning food in Sweden. This website contains information about maintaining a healthy diet, as well as the numerous regulations within the food and beverage industry in Sweden.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 13, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Sweden

Taiwan: Council of Agriculture (COA)

The Council of Agriculture (COA) is the authority on agriculture, forestry, fishery, animal husbandry, and food affairs in Taiwan. This website contains information regarding policies, news, programs and services provided by COA, and articles as it relates to food and agriculture in Taiwan.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 9, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Taiwan

Turkey: Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock

The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock is the official government agency in charge of the food and beverage and agriculture industries. This site contains educational videos, reports, and statistics for farmers, consumers, and investors. It also provides access to the laws, procedures, and regulations of the industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: June 29, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Turkey

Ukraine: Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine is in charge of the development and regulation of the Food and Beverage and Agriculture Industries within Ukraine. This website contains relevant news, statistics, and laws for those industries.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: January 25, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , Ukraine

United Kingdom: Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for creating policies that impact the environment, as well as the Food and Beverage, and Agriculture Industries. This site includes information regarding the policies and laws of these industries in the United Kingdom.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: July 21, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , United Kingdom

United States: Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on public policy, science, and efficient management. This website contains links to the various functions of the USDA in the food and beverage industry as well as the agricultural industry.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: February 5, 2016

Tags: Country Specific , Agriculture , United States

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