Improving Food Safety Is A Good Investment

in Food

Rows over funding must not be allowed to delay any further the setting up of a Food Standards Agency.

Commenting today on the Government’s latest proposals the Chairman of the General Consumer Council, Mrs Joan Whiteside, said “Arguments about funding only serve to deflect attention away from the real issue which is the need to improve food safety” Welcoming the fact that protecting public health will be the Agency’s number one priority, Mrs Whiteside said: “The issues are clear. Consumers don’t want a re-run of BSE or E-Coli. They want to see firm action taken to eliminate Salmonella in poultry. And they want assurances that they won’t be exposed in future to new risks from technologies such as genetic modification. The food industries must realise the enormous cost to them of continuing uncertainty and concerns about food safety. It is in everyone’s interest that the Agency is up and running as quickly as possible”. 2. IMPROVING FOOD SAFETY IS A GOOD INVESTMENT The Government’s proposals include provision for a Northern Ireland Executive arm of the Agency and a Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. The Council will be responding in detail to the proposals within the next few weeks. ENDS For further information contact; Mrs Joan Whiteside or Sam Miskelly on 01232 672488

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