Δελτίο Τύπου

No more food scandals: EPP Group backs better controls to protect consumers

Στρασβούργο
, 15/03/2017 - 12:24
Farmer and businessman examining plant in field

The EPP Group today backed legislation establishing more and better controls and inspections throughout the food chain. The goal is to improve consumer trust in the products they receive and to avoid cases such as the horsemeat scandal that hit several EU countries in 2013 when food advertised as containing beef was found to contain horsemeat.

The legislation adopted today will apply to food, feed, organic production, plant health, pesticides, animal welfare and health, and protected geographical indications.

Stricter, more efficient, less bureaucratic and risk-based controls will be implemented in all sectors. Fraud will be punished with stricter penalties. With the new legislation in place, unannounced controls will become the norm.

Pilar Ayuso MEP, Rapporteur for the EPP Group, said: “The European Union has the strictest legislation in the world in terms of food safety, traceability, animal health, and animal welfare, but its enforcement must be monitored.”

“We need greater controls and a regime of more effective sanctions to deter law-breakers. Recent scandals in the food chain made it clear that sanctions were not enough”, she added.

“This regulation maintains uniform official controls throughout the European Union and will contribute to offering more security to citizens by making our food safer”, Ayuso concluded.

The agri-food industry is the second largest sector in the EU with total food chain production amounting to some €750 billion per year and employing over 48 million people, from primary production through to retail and catering.

Σημείωση
Με 217 μέλη από 27 χώρες η Κ.Ο. του ΕΛΚ είναι η μεγαλύτερη πολιτική ομάδα στο Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο

Στοιχεία επικοινωνίας Ευρωβουλευτή

-
Pilar AYUSO
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175398 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179398
Ηλεκτρονικό Ταχυδρομείο: pilar.ayuso@europarl.europa.eu

Στοιχεία επικοινωνίας με το Γραφείο Τύπου

Javier Jimenez Arbelo
Press Relations Fisheries, EuroLat, Spain
Phone: +32 475 48 04 46
Man voting on elections in Europe
23/02/2018 - 17:59

People should know who can become the Commission President

"Europe should not be an elite project. It must become more of a project for the people again. This is why we need more democracy and...
Enlargement
22/02/2018 - 11:39

End rebate logic - we all benefit from EU budget

“The EU budget must be strengthened without penalising taxpayers. Post-2020, we have to stop rebates, compensations and end the logic of...
Online shopping with digital tablet
22/02/2018 - 10:10

Shop like at home

Whether buying online or offline from another EU Member State, European consumers will in the future be entitled to a harmonised level oF protection...
Combines harvesting wheat
21/02/2018 - 18:14

Evaluation and authorisation of pesticides needs to hold up to scrutiny

After the controversy surrounding the renewal of the use of glyphosate in farming, the European Parliament has set up a Special Committee to...

Νέα της εβδομάδας

26/02/2018 - 02/03/2018
Palm growing from pile of euros

New Tax Committee: artificial shifting around of companies' profits must end

Parliament is setting up a new special committee on Thursday to look further into the problem of the tax evasion and tax avoidance of multi-national...
Germany, Frankfurt, European Central Bank, low angle

EP hearing for ECB Vice-President candidate Luis De Guindos

The Ecofin Council, which gathers together the EU's 28 Finance Ministers, confirmed at its meeting on 20 February the nomination of Spanish...
A bee on a flower

Honey bees in trouble

The European Parliament will debate the future of beekeeping at its mini-Plenary on Wednesday. "We must keep an eye on our bees as their role in...
Photo of Tamás Haidegger