FDF sets out UK guidelines for European food safety

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FDF director general, Sylvia Jay, has set out the UK industry's
position on food safety and hygiene in the European context.

FDF director general, Sylvia Jay, has set out the UK industry's position on food safety and hygiene in the European context. Delivering the Society of Food Hygiene Technology's (SoFHT) Annual Lecture, Jay said: "The UK is inevitably playing on the European field. We need to make this fact of life work for UK manufacturers. So these are some of our keyprinciples to help us achieve this: Food manufacturers put food safety first and this is not negotiable None of us work alone - we need a whole food chain approach Regulators and enforcers must understand that this is an international market and we need a level playing field Regulation should be appropriate to the scientific perception of risk." Jay told an audience of food hygiene experts that the UK industry looked forward to working with the new European Food Safety Authority: "Having been a bit stuffy about the need for an EFA, I must say that we are warming to the new EFSA. We are delighted that it has two people with foodand drink industry expertise and experience on its Management Board: Dr. Bart Sangster of Unilever and Dr. Matthias Horst, my opposite number in theGerman equivalent of FDF. We are also pleased to see consumer group interests represented by the Chair of our National Consumer Council, Deirdre Hutton, who will be one of the two deputy chairs of the EFSA. "What we would like is for EFSA to be a one-stop-shop for the whole food chain, to be a highly visible point of contact able to offer flexible andrapid responses. We believe EFSA should be the pre-eminent source of scientific opinion and risk assessment in the European Union." But Jay also warned that EU food hygiene legislation should recognise the principle that food safety is and must remain an absolute non-negotiable priority at any stage of the food supply chain. Jay added:"The European Commission's proposal to consolidate and simplify EU food hygiene legislation provides for exemptions for certain premises and operations such as those situated in regions with special geographical constraints, those supplying local markets or those involved in traditional methods of production. We understand the thinking behind these proposed exemptions but believe that consumers are entitled to the same assurance of safety wherever they buy their food and no matter where it has beenproduced."

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