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EU auditors to examine food safety policy

Jaclyn Jaeger | February 6, 2018

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU food safety policy.

According to the Commission, food and feed business operators—including farmers, fishermen, processors, distributors, importers, and retailers—hold primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with food law, particularly the safety of food. “To complement and support this principle, the competent authorities of the member states must carry out adequate and effective controls,” the European Court of Auditors (ECA) stated.

To this end, the ECA said it will examine whether the EU’s food safety model is soundly based and, when put into practice, keeps food products consumed in the EU safe from chemical hazards. They have also published a background paper on EU food safety policy as a source of information for those interested in the subject.

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