EU’s Lithuanian Presidency paves the way to a modernised meat inspection

18 October 2013, Last updated at, 11:54 EEST
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On the 15th October 2013, during its seminar organised in close cooperation with Commission services, in partnership with the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the European Livestock and Meat Trades Union (UECBV), the Lithuanian Presidency put forward concrete proposals to strengthen the ongoing process of modernisation for the meat inspection. The main proposals put forward were that this highly regulated sector needs to adapt and consider new technologies, using the risk based approach when proceeding to the official controls and a reflection on the best way to use the current resources and scientific knowledge. Furthermore, a special focus has been put on the central role to be played by the food chain information in the future.

This represents an important step forward as the Lithuanian Presidency managed to bring together the major key players in the field and draw concrete conclusions based on their discussions. The seminar was attended by 200 participants from the European Commission, European Parliament, European Food Safety Authority, Member State competent authorities, universities, consumers, industry (producers, processors) and other interested parties. Everyoneactively discussed how meat controls are working today and their future role in improving food safety, animal health and welfare protection. They also addressed the role of the competent authorities, what risks should be considered and how to best tackle them.

Following last week’s debate in plenary session, the European Parliament and the Lithuanian Presidency put forward the importance of having this dialogue between all interested parties in order to deliver concrete results for the modernisation of the meat inspection.

The seminar on 15th October 2013 follows-up on the EFSA opinion reports delivered on meat inspection indicators for “several species” (ruminants, solipeds and farmed game) published on 27th June 2013; the review of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official food and feed controls adopted on 6th May 2013; the planned review of the hygiene package and the increasing amount of questions addressing consumer trust in the meat sector and individual Food Business Operators (FBOs).

 

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