A voluntary code of practice in the food supply chain to be launched today (Monday) in Brussels has been described […]
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;
June 12th, 2013 Rapid alertsÂ Â The 2012 annual report on Europeâ€™s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) has […]
Thursday, May 9th is Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration which was presented by the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, […]
MEP for Louth-Meath and Ireland East, MairĂ©ad McGuinness, welcomed members of the influential European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public […]
March 19th, 2013 March 19th and the European Parliament turned green as we joined with fellow Irish MEPs and colleagues […]
March 13th, 2013 Agricultural and food issues have dominated this week’s plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Yesterday […]
As new revelations surrounding the horsemeat DNA scandal continue to emerge across Europe, an EU wide investigation has been announced. […]
Friday, 01 February – Trust is the key ingredient in a successful supplier – retailer – consumer relationship according to […]
30 January, 2013.Â EU Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, has confirmed to me that the sale of beef burgers containing horsemeat […]
In the wake of the findings of horse and pig DNA in beef burgers produced by two processing plants in […]