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Food: Standards

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps (a) his Department and (b) the Food Standards Agency has taken to ensure compatibility between the work of the Food Standards Agency and the European Food Safety Authority in relation to food standards; and if he will make a statement. (235601)

The remit of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) principally concerns the assessment and communication of risk relating to food and animal feed safety. Its scientific opinions underpin the regulatory framework put in place by the European Parliament and member states.

A key objective for EFSA is delivering its strategy on scientific cooperation. This strategy aims to assist member states in taking co-ordinated, effective and timely decisions in the field of food and feed safety, while avoiding duplication of work. The Food Standards Agency, as the lead Department in the UK for food safety, was influential in developing this strategy and is active in its delivery. The Department has little direct involvement with EFSA.