Official controls on the distance sale of dairy products in the territory of the Modena Local Competent Authority: an analysis of websites

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The internet and digital technologies pose new, specific challenges to competent authorities, whose activity fields are limited to their own jurisdictions. Consequently, these authorities must operate a system of controls adapted to online sites and e-sales, and official control must be strengthened. To address these challenges and protect consumers from misleading practices that can lead to the consumption of unsafe food, it is necessary to adapt official controls to new distance-selling techniques. The food inspection scheme as conceived in the European legal system cannot be easily applied to online food sales. To this purpose, the competent authorities need to equip themselves to guarantee effective control and compliance with the European Union laws regarding food sold online. It emerged that there are different levels of non-compliance with online food: the non-registration of the food business operator (registrant) and the non-compliance with the obligations as the law prescribes (obligations on food hygiene, electronic commerce, and information to consumers about the food). The focus of this survey on the distance sale of dairy products in the Modena Local Competent Authority territory is on the pattern suggested by the Food Standards Agency in 2016. This analysis is based on two different phases. The first one is the study of the websites, and the second one is the physical visit to the address of the online food business. This survey shows how to collect the first phase’s data and organize the official controls.

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Di Carlantonio E, Romagnoli L, Schatzle A, Base G, Liuzzo G. Official controls on the distance sale of dairy products in the territory of the Modena Local Competent Authority: an analysis of websites. Ital J Food Safety [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 18 [cited 2024 Jul. 13];13(2). Available from: https://www.pagepressjournals.org/ijfs/article/view/12241