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Food safety committee backs official controls plan

By Joe Whitworth+

13-Jul-2016

The next step is a vote by the full house in January 2017
The next step is a vote by the full house in January 2017

Draft plans to tighten up official controls for the food chain have been backed by MEPs in the food safety committee.

The proposal for a regulation will be put to a vote by the full house in January 2017. It has already been backed by the committee of permanent representatives (COREPER).

The agreement between MEPs and the Dutch Presidency of the Council provides for unannounced, risk-based controls, better enforcement against fraudulent or deceptive practices and import conditions for animals and products from third countries.

Legislation will provide a control system in food and feed safety rules, veterinary and plant health requirements, organic production and protected geographical indication rules.

Rules will follow a risk-based approach, allowing competent authorities to focus resources on more relevant issues.

The proposal for a regulation encompasses the official controls relating to the agri-food chain in one regulatory text instead of the current 16 regulations or directives.

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