FSA to co-host event on food risk and regulations

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) will co-host a major EU event to discuss the future of European food businesses and regulations.

According to the FSA, the event, entitled ‘Food safety, risk and modern supply networks’, will be jointly hosted by it and the Lithuanian Embassy in London and will be held on 24 October at 3pm.

Presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the FSA, retailers, manufacturers and the media will be held. A keynote address will be given by the director of the Food and Veterinary Service at the European Commission Michael Scannel, who MeatInfo.co.uk interviewed exclusively in the summer.

The conference will also look at what happened during the horsemeat scandal and analyse how governments, the regulators and the industry should have responded to the issue, which will also be considered in the context of the negotiations to adapt the Official Controls Regulation (EC 882/2004).

Chair of the FSA Tim Bennett said: “This conference is an opportunity for UK stakeholders to feed in their views on the current official controls proposal from the European Commission in front of the presidency and key stakeholders from around Europe.

“The FSA is leading for the UK Government on these negotiations, so this is an ideal time to make your views heard on hot topics such as charging and earned recognition.”

While the UK Ambassador of Lithuania, Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė, said: “A well-functioning single market is one of the main priorities of our presidency, so we seek to modernise and simplify the food safety controls for the EU agri-food industry by taking into account the views of stakeholders.”