|March 12, 2004,
just-food.com/Keith Nuthall: Europe prepares
to take the next step in hopefully eliminating some of
the food health woes the region has suffered in the past.
The European Parliament has approved in principle a proposed
regulation tightening and harmonizing European Union (EU)
food and animal feed controls.
Giving a first reading to this key part of the EU’s
response to recent food health scares, MEPs also passed
a number of amendments, which will now be considered
by the EU Council of Ministers.
One measure insists that national governments erect
“effective, proportionate and dissuasive”
sanctions to breaches of these controls while, another
deals with transparency, saying that relevant information
held by the food and feed authorities must be publicized
as soon as possible, except data “covered by professional