FOOD SAFETY A MAJOR PRIORITY; Richard Mulligan Reports from the Ulster Farmers' Union Annual Meeting

By Mulligan, Richard | The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), April 29, 2000 | Go to article overview

FOOD SAFETY A MAJOR PRIORITY; Richard Mulligan Reports from the Ulster Farmers' Union Annual Meeting


Mulligan, Richard, The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)


THE European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection told the Ulster Farmers' Union annual meeting that everyone within the European Union had to work together to ensure high consumer's demands and expectations were met.

David Byrne said food safety was a top priority for the Commission and for Europe's citizens. But confidence had been shaken by a succession of crisis, including BSE, dioxin and sludge, which had done considerable damage to the image of the community.

"There have been no winners in this process. Farmers and food industry have paid a heavy price. I fully accept that in many respects food has never been safer.

"But the consumer's demands and expectations have never been higher. We have to work together to ensure that these demands and expectations can be met," he said.

Mr Byrne said he believed the EU was now much better equipped to give food safety the priority it deserved. The legal situation had changed with the ratification of the Amsterdam Treaty.

It had greatly increased the Community's powers in the field of public health.

The Commissioner said that all new proposals in the veterinary and phytosanitary areas fell within the public health provision of the Treaty, which contrasted with past situations when such proposals were considered under the agricultural provisions of the Treaty.

"The message is clear. Public health considerations will be the key determinant when decisions on safety are taken in the future," he added.

Mr Byrne said there had been important institutional changes which reflected the priority of food safety. A new Directorate General had been established with the specific brief of Public Health and Consumer Protection.

"I am the Commissioner responsible for this Directorate General. This is the first time an individual Commissioner has been charged with specific responsibility for this important area," he told the meeting.

Mr Byrne said there was a new political commitment to food safety. President Prodi had identified it as a priority on several occasions. He said the European Parliament has repeatedly shown its commitment to the issue.

And, perhaps most important of all, he said, the public had made clear that it expects action from policymakers at the European level to ensure that food is safe.

The Commissioner said that the EU had taken firm action to protect consumers' interests and the Commission had placed food safety as a top priority and adopted earlier this year a White Paper on Food Safety. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

FOOD SAFETY A MAJOR PRIORITY; Richard Mulligan Reports from the Ulster Farmers' Union Annual Meeting
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.