No EU sanctions against German food products

In an emergency meeting on 11 June, the EU’s
Standing Committee on the Food Chain decided not to take any
additional measures in the case of German food products
contaminated with the banned herbicide

The EU’s Standing Committee said that the German
authorities provided all the necessary information and
assurances. According to the German government, the source
of the contamination has been clearly identified. Therefore
the Committee saw no need for any additional EU-wide


In the last years, organic farming has seen significantly
increased interest, as modern agrochemicals and intensive
farming methods have come under attack due to various food
crises (such as BSE and foot-and-mouth). Germany is at the
forefront of organic/green farming.

The discovery end of May 2002 of the
possible cancer-causing chemical nitrofen in food produced
by organic farms was a hard blow to the credibility of
organic farming in Germany and in the European Union


). Die Welt am Sonntag published a poll over the weekend
which found that 61 per cent of the Germans believed
organic food was no safer than food produced by
conventional methods.


The state of progress of the German investigation will
reviewed at the next meeting of the Standing Committee on
13 June.

The outcome of this German food scandal
might have implications for the Mid-Term Review of the EU's
Commmon Agricultural Policy. The Commission is expected to
publish its proposals for this review on 10 July.


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