Official feed and food controls shake-up

During 2013 the European Commission adopted a package of measures to strengthen the enforcement of health and safety standards for the whole agri-food chain.

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The so-called Official Feed and Food Controls, or ‘the five-part package’, brings together regulations relating to plant health, plant reproductive materials, animal health, the official controls and a finance package.

There are some huge areas of concern for us - the requirement for mandatory 'cost recovery' across the whole food chain being the biggest, and the package is likely to be high on our work agenda in 2014 as well.

NFU members can find out what it's all about here.