Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations
The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in 2013.
The Parliament has adopted plans to combat food fraud, improve food traceability and restore consumer trust in food chains, with a risk-based approach, to prevent consumers being deceived.
The regulations, which had already been approved by the 28 member states, will be put in place gradually throughout the EU member states, with the official date being 20 days after publication.
However it could take a maximum of six years before the standards are fully adopted.
Plans were proposed in 2013 by the EU Commission in order to avoid another scandal such as when numerous European supermarket items marketed as beef or pork were found to be undeclared horse meat .
“After the horse meat scandal, consumers had serious questions about the traceability of food, and the integrity of the meat supply chain. The European Parliament strove to address these concerns and to end up with a text that allows competent authorities to effectively combat fraudulent practices,” said Karin Kadenbach, Parliament rapporteur.
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