The Food and Veterinary Agency (FVA) of Kosovo develops and implements the Governments policy in food safety and quality as well as in animal health and welfare sectors. The FVA is accountable to the Government of Kosovo.
The FVA as an inspection body is delegated by the Government of Kosovo to carry out inspections in the field of safety, hygiene, traceability and labeling of food and feeding stuffs in the areas of processing, packaging, distribution, wholesale and retail according to the harmonized EU and national legislation.
To ensure monitoring and control of contagious animal diseases, zoonosis and of animal welfare, to eliminate outbreaks of diseases; to apply all the necessary biological measures for prevention from the introduction of contagious diseases and zoonosis into the territory of Kosovo.
To ensure food safety and control at all the stages of food handling, to safeguard the interests of consumers, to ensure that the food supplied on the market as well as that intended for export complies with safety, labeling and other mandatory requirements established by the legislation.
Veterinary Service of Kosovo was established on 1st of June of the year 2000. The foundation of the Service was based on the UNMIK regulation No 2000/27 on the establishment of the Department of Agriculture in the year 2000. Following to the Veterinary Law No. 2004/21 approved on 30th of July 2004 the Veterinary Service of Kosovo was reorganized to Kosovo Veterinary and Food Agency (KVFA). Based on this law activities and organizational structure was approved. Based on Food Law approved in 2009 the KVFA was reorganized to Food and Veterinary Agency (FVA).