MEPs this week voted in favor of a report on the food crisis, fraud in the food chain and its control. The European Parliament calls for a new EU law on the fight against food fraud in the context of the increasing number of food fraud scandals.
José Bové, Vice- President of the Commission of Agriculture in the European Parliament said the following :
« By including the fight against fraud in the missions of the Food Veterinary OfficeJBové_EP_JB, the European Union has finally acknowledged that the free movement of agricultural products must be accompanied by tighter controls. The establishment of fines that are at least equal to twice the profits made by fraudsters is a step in the right direction.
Today in Europe meat has become a raw material flowing from country to country to be processed, cooked or packed. The origin and traceability of food must be fully assured. The origin of the meat must be clearly identified including on pre-cooked meals, which are most likely to contain pink slime.
One of the consequences of the austerity measures has been that a large number of VETs responsible for health checks have not been-replaced. Those who are still in place are so overworked that often they do not manage to perform their tasks properly.
The French government must fight against food fraud and improve controls quickly, particularly in slaughterhouses in order to avoid the reoccurrence of such fraud. Food safety is a priority for our citizens. »