Stringent measures

Published: Sunday 15 June 1997

AN ACTION plan has been prepared for imposing controls on the European Union's (EU) food market. The European Commission (EC) has decided to set up a food and veterinary office (FVO) in Ireland. The Fvo will be responsible for food safety in the EU countries. Emma Bonino, who was made the overall incharge of consumer health protection following the mad cow controversy has proposed inspection of the food chain, including agricultural production, food processing and sale and distribution, based on a better assessment of health risks. She also plans to introduce formal 'audits' of member states' food safety systems. The EC was forced to take action after the European Parliament threatened it in February with a censure motion leading to sacking of all 20 commissioners.

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