|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