Stricter food safety
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CTA. 2002. Stricter food safety. Agritrade, April 2002. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Addressing Britain's National Farmers' Union, Commissioner Fischler...
Addressing Britain's National Farmers' Union, Commissioner Fischler highlighted how 90% of EU citizens believe ensuring food safety and food hygiene is an important function of agricultural policy. It is against this background that the EU has been adopting 'a range of measures to make legislation even stricter'. However, Commissioner Fischler highlighted the need for EU member states to ensure the new regulations were strictly enforced. Comment: In the short term, ACP exporters of food products will need to invest not only in meeting EU regulatory standards but also in ensuring that the administrative arrangements for verification of compliance are efficient and comprehensive if new obstacles to ACP trade are not to emerge. In the medium term, ACP governments will need to launch a dialogue with the EU on how EU food safety concerns can be addressed without placing an undue economic burden on small scale ACP exporters, given the high fixed costs which compliance with SPS standards can impose.