The horsemeat scandal made it clear that food scandals do not stop at national borders, said the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).
The German authority said safety along the food chain requires a Europe-wide network of public institutions to ensure consumer protection.
EU Food Safety Almanac, third edition, from the BfR has an overview of the structures and institutions of food safety from 35 European states and at European level.
It identifies which authorities are responsible for the assessment of pesticides, health-related information (health claims) and illnesses transmitted from animals to humans (zoonosis).
"Smooth cooperation between state players in Europe strengthens food safety. If the players and structures within the European states are known to all stakeholders, we can cooperate more efficiently, avoid duplications and, last but not least, react more quickly and appropriately", said professor Dr Andreas Hensel.
The almanac can be downloaded HERE free of charge.