Food quality tops the bill

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A review of agri-food production systems will be firmly on the
European Union's agenda on the strength of the EU-wide debate on
food quality launched...

A review of agri-food production systems will be firmly on the European Union's agenda on the strength of the EU-wide debate on food quality launched by Commissioners Byrne and Fischler at the beginning of March 2001, the Commission said in a statement this week. This is likely to be underlined by the discussions held by the Agriculture Ministers from the fifteen Member States on Tuesday in östersund, Sweden.The Presidency had called the informal ministerial meeting to have an in depth discussion on all of the key policy issues concerning the food chain. The Commission​ maintains that EU policy has progressed from a focus on quantity, which is assured, to issues concerned with quality in its broadest sense that must receive increasing attention from all players in the food chain. Sustainability is to be the key message for the future the Commission confirmed. Commenting on the issues to be discussed, Commissioner Fischler said, "When the people of Europe sit down to eat they want good, healthy food on their plates. This is not an optional extra. It is vital for consumers and farmers alike. We have to continuously assure that our produce is grown and harvested with care for the crops, the environment and the animals. In moving more and more towards a sustainable agriculture, we have to work with the farmers, because they are the first link in the food chain. The future of our food is the future of our farmers."​ In order to instigate debates on this subject Commissioners Fischler and Byrne announced the following specific events: Germany: Round Table - Berlin (7 June 2001); France: Round Table - Paris (11 July 2001); Belgium: Internet-Chat - Brussels (6 June 2001 at 18:00). The round tables, which will be held in all member states over the next nine months, will bring together with the Commissioners players from all parts of the food chain from primary production through processing industries to retailers and consumers. The internet-chat enable the folks of Europe to participate in the debate and ask questions directly of the Commissioners.

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