MEPs supports creation of European Food Safety Authority

The European Parliament adopts the Commission’s White Paper on food safety

Background

The European Parliament adopted the Commission's White Paper on food safety and expressed their support for the creation of a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The new body will assess risks in the field of food safety and provide scientific advice and information.

The Commission's new strategy on food safety was triggered by the recent food and health scares in the EU (BSE, dioxins...).

But stricter EU food safety standards could also have negative repercussions in other fields. According to research by the World Bank, quoted by Financial Times, the new EU standards are likely to cost African countries some $700m in lost exports.

On 8 November 2000, Commissioner Byrne will participate in an internet chat "Making safety the key ingredient of our food - introducing the European Food Authority proposal".

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