01-01-2008 - Workshop underlines key role of veterinarian
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“The veterinarian should remain the key figure in food hygiene, stressed Horst Schnellhardt MEP.
Speaking at a workshop in the European Parliament on the implementation of the Hygiene Package, organised by Demeter International on 7 November, he also recalled that “official authorities and veterinarians should focus on
consultancy for food business operators.”
The workshop addressed the opportunities and risks of the new hygiene regulations, the effects and limitations of normative procedures regarding consumer protection and food safety, and how to stimulate new concepts in consumer protection policies.
While participants welcomed the hygiene package as a flexible tool for consumer protection, most saw problems arising due to regional and national differences in the implementation of the
legislation. The meeting was attended by Members of the European Parliament (Friedrich- Wilhelm Graefe zu Baringdorf, Horst Schnellhardt), of the Commission (including Willem Daelman, DG Sanco) and by different
stakeholders, including the FVE (represented by Nicole Schreiner).