Food safety and third countries
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CTA. 2004. Food safety and third countries. Agritrade, January 2004. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Addressing a seminar in Brussels on December 10 th 2003 the EU Health and...
Addressing a seminar in Brussels on December 10 th 2003 the EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner, David Byrne, set out the approach underpinning food-safety controls on imports from third countries. He noted that ‘as a general principle, the Commission aims to ensure that imported products are treated no more favourably, or less favourably, than products produced in the EU'. He maintained that the EU took careful account of the concerns of third countries, particularly developing countries and was always willing where necessary, providing this did not create unacceptable risks, to ‘amend our legislation to address these concerns'. He noted also that the ‘current proposals on official food-and-feed controls include provisions for providing assistance to help developing countries meet our exacting standards'. Comment: Given the complexity of EU food-safety regulations and the difficulties that small ACP countries face in getting to grips with these complexities, a case can be made for a high level ACP-EU conference to establish appropriate mechanisms for systematically assisting ACP countries in meeting the challenges thrown up by EU food-safety regulations and, where appropriate, modifying these regulations to facilitate exports from ACP countries, where this poses no threat to animal, human or plant health in the EU.