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Food and Feed Safety (23-03-2007)

First training workshop for 2007 on EU import standards for fishery products

The first training workshop of 2007 as part of the initiative of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection on Better Training for Safer Food takes place on 27-29 March in Agadir, Morocco. This event is part of the programme on EU food import standards for third country products, and deals specifically with fishery and aquaculture products. Participants are mainly staff of official competent authorities of Francophone African countries responsible for verifying that exports to the EU comply with EU safety standards.
 
The EU has comprehensive legislation to ensure the safety of food imports. Developing country products must comply with the standards set by this legislation in order to access the EU market. For this, effective safety controls in developing countries are vital. This workshop should broaden participants’ knowledge of EU import standards for fishery products, thereby better enabling them to check for compliance.
 
Mohand Laenser, Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries and Bruno Dethomas, Head of the EU Delegation to Morocco will attend the workshop's opening ceremony.
 
The first day of the course consists of a plenary session giving an overview of relevant EU food legislation, followed by discussion and group exercises. On the second and third days, participants visit fishing vessels, landing sites, markets, aquaculture farms and processing and distribution establishments. This is followed by discussion sessions on practical application of EU legislation.
 
For the first day of the workshop, around 110 participants from both official competent authorities and businesses and other stakeholders are expected to be present. Thereafter, the training is exclusively for competent authority personnel. The tutors are experts involved in official controls, both in Morocco and various EU Member States.
 
This is the first of seven workshops on EU food standards for third country products within the framework of the initiative during 2007. Further workshops on fishery products take place in Mauritius, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, and Vietnam. Workshops on residues and contaminants in fruit, vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices and food contact materials are in Egypt and Thailand.
 
For further information on Better Training for Safer Food please visit http://ec.europa.eu/food/training/index_en.htm