Archive for the category: ‘Food Safety’

Focus on - Food Safety

The importance of food safety cannot be understated as we have seen the problems even minor food scares can cause for producers, retailers and consumers. The EU's approach to food safety aims to assure a high level of food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health within the European Union through farm-to-table measures and adequate monitoring, while ensuring the effective functioning of the internal market.

I sit on Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety which has responsibility for policy on food safety in tandem with the European Commission and European Council. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the body responsible for food safety in the EU.

EFSA- European Food Safety Authority

EFSA was set up in January 2002, following a series of food crises in the late 1990s, as an independent source of scientific advice and communication on risks associated with the food chain. EFSA's remit covers food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health. In all these fields, EFSA's most critical commitment is to provide objective and independent science-based advice and clear communication grounded in the most up-to-date scientific information and knowledge.

Provision of food information to consumers

The provision of Food Information to Consumers is an important issue being discussed in the European Parliament at the moment. The proposal for new Europe-wide rules centres on what type of labelling should be used on food packaging and how much information should be provided. The EU's aim is to provide clear and concise information on the ingredients and nutritional values of food so that consumers can make well-informed choices about the food they purchase.

The Food Information legislation, which is still in the early stages of the legislative process, recently completed its First Reading stage in the European Parliament and you can read about the outcome here:

The debate on Food Information to Consumers will now move to the Council of European Ministers and will return to the parliament at a later stage.

To view any of the speeches that I have made or the questions which I have asked in Parliament, please click the links below;

September 1st, 2015

TTIP NEGOTIATIONS – CONCERNS RAISED BY SLOW FOOD IRELAND DEMOLISHED BY COMMISSIONER IN LETTER TO MEP MCGUINNESS

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Maelstrom has described as “myths” concerns raised by Slow Food Ireland about the negative impact on […]

August 18th, 2015

HARMFUL TRANS FATS IN FOODS MAY BE CURBED BECAUSE OF PROVEN HEALTH RISKS – MAIREAD MCGUINNESS

New EU legislation is being considered setting maximum levels of trans fats in food, EU Health Commissioner Andriukaitis has confirmed […]

May 8th, 2015

OBESITY, MALNUTRITION AND UNDERNUTRITION – FOOD FOR THOUGHT MAIREAD MCGUINNESS TELLS EXPO 2015

“The issue of good, safe, nutritious and an adequate supply of food is so big, so universal and so clouded […]

April 15th, 2015

AGRICULTURE SHOULD BE CENTRE STAGE IN UK REFERENDUM DEBATE MCGUINNESS TELLS GORT COMMUNITY EXPO

Agriculture, food production and food security should be key elements of the anticipated UK referendum debate on continued membership of […]

January 13th, 2015

Member States free to ban GMOs – Mairead McGuinness

Today’s vote in the European Parliament grants Member States the power to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs in […]

February 28th, 2014

BARNIER AGREES TO MCGUINNESS REQUEST TO INVESTIGATE NORTH-SOUTH CATTLE ISSUES

Free movement of goods, services, people and capital are cornerstones of the EU but the situation of cattle farmers North […]

January 14th, 2014

FOOD FRAUD – EU PARLIAMENT VOTES THROUGH REPORT ON MANDATORY LABELLING

The European Parliament has called for the mandatory labelling of the origin of meats used in processed foods in a […]

September 16th, 2013

SUPERMARKET CODE INSUFFICIENT SAYS MEP

A voluntary code of practice in the food supply chain to be launched today (Monday) in Brussels has been described […]

June 12th, 2013

Food rules

June 12th, 2013 Rapid alerts   The 2012 annual report on Europe’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has […]

May 7th, 2013

Europe Day

Thursday, May 9th is Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration which was presented by the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, […]

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