DGAL is the French general directorate for food. Its main tasks are to supervise the safety and quality of foodstuffs at every stage of the food chain, as well as the health and protection of animals and plants. Furthermore at the EU and international levels, the DGAL promotes France's food and sanitary models.
The General Directorate for Food (DGAL) applies two types of verification to ensure food safety for the public throughout the food supply chain:
- controls of production facilities and controls of distribution outlets, in order to ensure that their operations comply with regulations (good hygiene practice, product self-monitoring, etc);
- controls of products (French and imported), based on product sampling programmes called “monitoring plans” and “control plans”.
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