EDA, the European Dairy Association, represents the dairy processors in the EU.
EDA welcomes the Commission Fitness Check of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive. For the dairy industry water is an essential resource, as it is stated in the roadmap saying “water is essential for many economic activities and for the environment”.
Potable and drinking water are essential components to allow and maintain food safety and quality of dairy production and products, at all levels of the chain.
We particularly welcome the recognition in the Roadmap of an “integrated assessment looking, inter alia, at the interplay of water with other policies, which started in mid-2017, as this is critical to ensure the setting of appropriate food related risk management measures to use of water”. One example being the eventual presence of chlorate agents in food resulting from the use of drinking water in food production. The REFIT stakeholder platform requests proportionate risk management measures regarding the presence of chlorate in food, for details see: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/xi10amultiple_use_chlorate.pdf .
We are looking forward to further the discussions on the diverse aspects of water use in dairy production.
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