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.
Extract from the Austrian Descriptive Variety List 2024 online!
The "Extract from the Austrian Descriptive List of Varieties" (Series 10) will neither be printed nor sent out from this year onwards.
Plant protection products: New HRAC classification
Active ingredients of plant protection products are classified according to their mechanism of action and clearly assigned with the help of codes. The…
BAES priority checks on feed imports from Ukraine
No direct imports from Ukraine were found in the current priority checks on maize imports from Ukraine. The tests for pesticide active ingredients and GMOs also revealed no anomalies.
Amendment of the EU regulation on marketing standards for eggs
Amendment of Regulation (EU) No. 1308/2013 with regard to marketing standards for eggs and repeal of Regulation (EC) No. 589/2008. The new EU regulations come into force on 28.11.2023.
Amendment of the EU regulations on marketing standards for the fruit and vegetables sector, certain processed fruit and vegetables and the banana sector
Regulations (EU) No. 543/2011 and (EU) No. 1333/2011 have been replaced by Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2429 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/2430.
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.