We love eating!
Everyone loves eating. Eating is about sharing meals with family and friends, celebrating and surprising our taste buds with new flavours.
What we eat however is a big determinant of the state of our health. In Europe, over half of adults are overweight or obese, and eating food with too much salt, sugar or high-fat plays a big part in that. Children do not fare much better.
An update of EU control measures to combat the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) was endorsed by Member State experts on 12 September 2014. These regionalised restrictions, affecting, to differing degrees, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland and Estonia, identify four levels of risks to animal health, redefine the restricted zones and differentiate between these restricted zones in accordance to the level of risk.Press Release – 15 September 2014
A Commission proposal to revise rules on the identification of horses was endorsed by EU Member States' experts on 11 September 2014. These revised rules provide a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of the horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent horses excluded from the food chain to, either inadvertently or fraudulently, be slaughtered for human consumption.Press Release – 12 September 2014
On 10 September, the Commission adopted proposals on veterinary medicinal products and medicated feed, to improve the health and wellbeing of animals, to foster innovation and to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the EU.
- Read the Press Release and Memo
- More information on veterinary medicines
- More information on medicated feed
Commission publishes encouraging second round of EU-wide test results for horse meat DNA in beef products: measures to fight food fraud are working
On 24 July 2014, the Commission published the results of a second round of coordinated pan-European testing for horse meat DNA in beef products was launched in April this year. This testing was a follow-up to the exercise carried out in 2013 in the wake of the horse meat crisis, where 4.6% of products tested positive.
This second round of testing was requested and co-financed by the Commission. The findings are encouraging as they show that the situation has significantly improved, with only 0.61% of samples testing positive.
Read more:Press Release – 24 July 2014
Today, 24 June, the Commission adopts an implementing Regulation which sets out the design for a common logo for online pharmacies, and the technical requirements for ensuring its authenticity.Press Release – 24 June 2014
EU Member States reached political agreement on 12 June 2014 on GMO cultivation that moves towards a new legal basis giving EU Member States the choice to restrict or prohibit the cultivation of GMOs on their territory.Press statement – 12 June 2014