EFSA: working for Europe's consumers
On 12 March 2010 I visited the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy. It was my first visit to EFSA since I took over the Health and Consumer Policy portfolio on February 10th.
I met with EFSA's management and with experts from the Authority's Scientific Committee. During the meeting I was briefed about EFSA's work and recent activities on a series of ongoing, and often complex, issues that concern European consumers – issues such as GMOs, cloning, nutrition labelling (such as health claims) and nanotechnologies. I highlighted the importance of co-operation between the Authority and the competent Commission services and the scientific co-operation between EFSA and the Member States.
I firmly believe that safety is the most important ingredient in food and must continue to be our guiding and pervasive principle. I am also proud to note that Europe enjoys the finest and most comprehensive food safety system in the world.
EFSA is an integral partner in our efforts to ensure food safety and has now established itself as a well-respected authority, recognised for the quality of its scientific work.