The report gives an overview of the Member States’ and Commission controls regarding compliance with the rules in the areas of food and feed law, animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products, performed in 2017 and 2018. Overall, it concludes that Member States have the requisite control systems in place. The report highlights that initiatives aimed at improving the effectiveness of official controls, such as better use of IT tools, data analysis and desk based controls, are essential to counterbalance the continuous pressure on staffing levels.
The report further describes how the Commission supported Member States (and non-EU countries) via the provision of training to and technical meetings with national experts.
The accompanying staff working document provides further information about Commission controls in Member States, and the expert working groups and training initiatives through which the Commission supports the Member States.
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