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Food Act.

Type of law
Date of original text

This Act provides rules for the production, processing and distribution of food. Its main objective is to ensure that food is safe and is handled safely, and to ensure the quality of food. It also provides for traceability of food.
"Food" in this Act means food as defined in article 2 of the General Food Regulation. The provisions on food laid down in this Act also apply, as appropriate, to materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
The Act provides, among other things, for: requirements concerning food, food producing animals, food premises and places of primary production (as defined in article 3(17) of the General Food Regulation); requirements for food business operators; duties of authorities; control and supervision; a national contingency plan for emergencies and a national food control programme to be prepared by the Finnish Food Safety Authority; measures of enforcement and appeal against a decision of a Government authority. The Act also contains penal provisions.
Date of consolidation/reprint
Consolidated version of Act No. 23 of 2006 including amendments up to Act No. 352 of 2011 (Swedish version). The English version includes amendments up to Act No. 411 of 2009.
Publication reference
Unofficial translation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.
Source language


Legislation Amendment
Original title
Repealed by