Forum "European Food Safety: Past, Present and Future" with the participation of Markos Kyprianou

Type: Report   Reference: I-055366   Duration: 11:18:24  Lieu:
End production: 25/10/2007   First transmission: 25/10/2007
On 25 and 26 October 2007, the European Commission celebrated "50 Years of Food Safety". Animal welfare, plant health and food safety experts from across Europe met to take stock of the EU food safety policy's achievements and exchange views on priorities for the future. Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, took part in the event.

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11:14:31 Title 00:00:04
11:14:36 General view of the conference "European Food Safety: Past, Present and Future" (2 shots) 00:00:18
11:14:54 Markos Kyprianou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, going on the scene for his speech (2 shots) 00:00:13
11:15:07 Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that maintaining food safety, which means the implementation of a legislation, is a constant effort; that is why they always urge Ministers to stay alert; they can never say that they have reached the level just because they have legislation; letting things go on their own never happens; there are accidental problems, intentional problems or problems with imports,...; so it is a constant effort 00:00:37
11:15:44 Experts attending the conference (4 shots) 00:00:24
11:16:08 Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that imports have to meet the same standards as products that are produced in the EU; occasionally the EU is called a "fortress" or is accused of having too high standards with protectionist effect; he has no problem replying at this that they are not valid arguments; first of all because the EU is the biggest importer of food in the world; they have to import from someone, in any case 00:00:35
11:16:43 Experts attending the conference (4 shots) 00:00:27
11:17:10 Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that there can never be a zero risk situation; at the same time the EU has now a capacity to deal with these health threats and food crisis that have always been there; the difference is that now they can detect them and deal with them; citizens sometimes misunderstand the thing, thinking that the more food scandals are discovered the worse the situation is; on the contrary, it just means that the system works better 00:00:33
11:17:43 Cutaway 00:00:07
11:17:50 Markos Kyprianou (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU has the highest food standards and legislation, and the most elaborated system of controls, beginning on imports control, production controls; even the Rapid Alert System is being copied by other countries: any problem identified by one Member State is communicated to the other Member States so they can avoid and withdraw the dangerous products; so the EU can claim that they have the safest food in the world, but it doesn't mean that consumers should stop using common sense when they buy 00:00:34
11:18:24 Cutaway 00:00:06
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