EC Body to Oversee Food Safety Standards

By Meade, Geoff | The Birmingham Post (England), January 13, 2000 | Go to article overview

EC Body to Oversee Food Safety Standards


Meade, Geoff, The Birmingham Post (England)


The European Commission has unveiled a "farm to table" safety plan designed to restore consumer confidence in food quality and health standards.

A sweeping reform programme aims to tighten existing food safety legislation, improve consumer information about food safety standards and set up a European Food Authority to ensure consistently high production standards.

Details were set out in a 54-page White Paper hailed by EU food safety commissioner Mr David Byrne as an initiative to establish "world class food safety standards and systems".

He said the proposals were the most radical and far-reaching ever presented in the area of food safety.

"They are, I believe, an essential prerequisite for Europe to have the highest possible standards in respect of food safety. Consumer confidence has been badly affected by the various food alerts and crises of recent years and months.

"Our proposals should fundamentally address consumers' legitimate concerns with a view to restoring and maintaining confidence in food safety."

Fellow commissioner Mr Erkki Liikanen said the plans would not only boost consumer confidence and increase the quality of everyday lives, but would also improve the competitiveness of the European food industry.

The White Paper, which will now be the subject of negotiations between EU member states, says the setting up of a European Food Authority will remove weaknesses in the present system of European food monitoring and control. …

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