Codex Contact Point
Miguel OLIVEIRA CARDO, Head of Public Health Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Sea, Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária, Largo da Academia Nacional das Belas Artes, nº 2. 1249-105 Lisboa, Portugal Tel: +351 214 767 490

Competent authorities

Name of authority
Directorate-General for Food and Veterinary
DGAV's mission is the definition, implementation and evaluation of food security policies, animal protection and animal health, plant and plant protection, being invested whith the National Health Authority functions, Veterinary and Plant Protection and Responsible Authority for the management of the Food Safety system. Link to website:
INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point
The INFOSAN Emergency contact point responsible for food safety emergencies is:

Food safety and consumer protection – laws and regulations

In due course lists of legislation related to food safety and consumer protection in each country will be provided. This will be based on FAO's database on Food Legislation (FAOLEX) verified with countries before uploading.

The national Codex programme

National Codex consultative mechanism
The national contact point of the codex distributes working documents to the committee representatives and to the bodys with an interest in the subject, then draws up a project national position based on the observations of the consultation.
Providers of scientific and technical input to national consultation on Codex
DGAV (DSSA-Department for Food Safety; DSNA-Department for Nutrition and Food; DSMDS-Department for Animal and Plant Sanitation, DSECI-Department for Strategy, Planning and Communication); AIBPortugal-Cod's Industrial Association; ALIF-Industry Association Food Cold; DGPA-General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture; FRINA-Domestic Refrigerators; ANCIPA-National Association of Retailers and Producers of Food Product; GPP-The Office of Planning, Policy and General Administration; ISA-School of Agriculture,; INIAV-National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research; INRB- National Institute of Biological Resources; IPIMAR-National Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research; CNLeite-National Milk Committee

Risk Assessments and Scientific Data

National bodies providing risk assessment and scientific advice
The ASAE has, among several missions that is assigned, to collect and analyze data to allow the characterization and risks assessment that have direct or indirect impact, in the food safety, ensuring a transparent communication to the public about risks and promoting the dissemination of information on food safety for consumers. In this context, ASAE is the national liaison body with its similar entities in European and international level, through the appointment as the focal point of the EFSA on scientific and technical matters.
Risk assessment, risk profiles, scientific opinions
At this moment are happening simultaneously three studies, thereby fulfilling the established program: 1.The first study is already in the final stage, the stage of risk assessment, which goal is to evaluate the risk exposure of specific stimulants in adolescents from 10 to 18 years of the Lisbon District, through the consumption of energy drinks and soft drinks. The methodology was based on the application of the "Survey habits of consumption of energy drinks and soft drinks among adolescents from 10 to 18 years," adapted from the survey conducted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); 2.The second study is the process of collecting information, and aims at assessing the risk of exposure to chemical contaminants in fish consumed in Portugal; 3.The third one, only possible through protocol with INFARMED, aims to identify the presence of banned active substances in supplements for weight loss and to communicate the risk associated with their consumption. It is still in a planning phase a scientific study about the prevalence of E. coli and L. monocytogenes in samples of raw milk and cheese made from raw milk. Link:
Official Laboratory
INIAV, IP UEISTSA (National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research, I. P.)
IPMA (Portuguese Institute of Ocean and Atmosphere)
LRVSA (Regional Veterinary and Food Safety Laboratory of Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development, Madeira
ASAE (Food Safety Authority and Economic)
Superior School of Biotechnology
Agência de Salut Pública de Barcelona (Espanha); CATIM - Centre for Technological Support to Industry Metalomecânica- Testing Laboratory (CATIM - LE) (L0009); Vocational Training Centre of the Ceramics Industry - Laboratory (CENCAL - LAB) (L0008); National Packing- Laboratory Centre (NEC - LAB) (L0005); Cork Technology Centre - Laboratory (CTCOR) (L0089); CTCV - Technological Center for Ceramics and glass-Materials Analysis Laboratory (CTCV - LAM) (L0022); Fera Science Limited; LABIAGRO - Chemical Laboratory, Agrifood and Microbiological Ltd (LABIAGRO) (L0298); Regional Directorate of Agriculture and Rural Development - Regional Veterinary and Food Safety Laboratory (DRADR Wood - LRVSA) (L0509); IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) -Protection Laboratory and Radiological Safety (IST - LPSR) (L0620); LGC Limited - (UK); NEOTRON S.p.A. - (Italy); Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and the Environment - Regional Agricultural Development Directorate - Regional Veterinary Laboratory (SRAA-DRA – LRV) (L0520); Portuguese Catholic University - School of Biotechnology - Laboratories (UCP-ESB - LABS) (L0147)
Official Competence
Milk and milk products; Zoonoses (salmonelas) S. pullorum, S.gallinarum S.arizonae; Listeria monocytogenes; Coagulase positive staphylococci, included Staphylococcus aureus; Escherichia coli, including E. coli verotoxin (VTEC); Campylobacter; Antimicrobial Resistance; animal proteins in animal feed; Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs); Residues of veterinary medicines and contaminants in feed; Heavy metals in feed and foodstuffs; Mycotoxins; Bovine tuberculosis; Brucellosis; Trichinellosis; Echinococcosis; Anisaquiose
Marine biotoxins; Control of bacterial and viral contamination of bivalve molluscs; Heavy metals in feed and foodstuffs
Pesticide residues
Dioxins and two PCBs in feed and foodstuffs; Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); Mycotoxins
Food Contact Materials

Surveillance of foodborne diseases and monitoring of food contamination

National surveillance systems – foodborne disease in humans
The surveillance system that collects data on foodborne disease in humans is the INSA (National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge, IP). These data is sent to INFOSAN
National monitoring systems – foodborne hazards in the food chain
The monitoring systems in place centralizes all the information on the national contact Point for Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and anually information is sent to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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