Food safety is a high priority for the EU and affects all citizens. The EU aims to protect its citizens from hazards that may be present in food. The ECA (European Court of Auditors) checked whether the EU food safety model, specifically as regards chemical hazards, is soundly based and implemented. The ECA audited the food safety model and found that the model is soundly based, respected worldwide and that European citizens enjoy one of the highest levels of assurance on the safety of their food in the world. However, it is currently over-stretched, and faces certain challenges, and the ECA makes three sets of recommendations in its report.
1. That the legislation should be reviewed to improve complementarity between private and public control systems.
2. That the same level of assurance for both EU produced and imported food should be maintained, and
3. That consistent application of EU food law should be facilitated.
Read the full report here