Food Safety: From the Farm to the Fork - Training Strategy - Introduction
Better Training for Safer Food
- "Better Training for Safer Food" is a new initiative of the Commission aimed at organising a Community (EU) training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health and animal welfare rules, as well as plant health rules.
- Article 51 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, provides the legal instrument for this initiative.
- Training will be designed for all staff of competent authorities of Member States involved in official control activities so as to keep them up-to-date with all aspects of Community law in the areas specified above and ensure that controls are carried out in a more uniform, objective and adequate manner in all Member States.
- It is also essential that third countries and in particular developing countries are familiar with EU import requirements and, where it exists, with the possibility of EU support. For this purpose, training organised for Member States in the EU will be open to participants from third countries and specific training sessions will also be organised for third country participants on the spot.
- The future Community training strategy in the areas of food law, feed law, animal health, animal welfare and plant health, is explained in a Commission Communication adopted in September 2006. Pending the implementation of the future training strategy, a series of training programmes has taken place during 2006 and similar programmes are to run in 2007.
- The main objective of the initiative "Better
Training for Safer Food" is the organisation and development of a Community
training strategy with a view to:
- Ensuring and maintaining a high level of consumer protection and of animal health, animal welfare and plant health;
- Promoting a harmonised approach to the operation of Community and national control systems;
- Creating an equal level playing field for all food businesses;
- Enhancing trade of safe food;
- Ensuring fair trade with third countries and in particular developing countries.
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