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Challenges already encountered by EU Large diverse cultural grouping Consumer safety does not impede creativity. Treaty of Rome 1957 No consumer protection or public health aspect Article 3 – elimination of barriers to trade. Early EU Food Law - market integration, then:

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Challenges already encountered by EU

  • Large diverse cultural grouping
  • Consumer safety does not impede creativity
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Treaty of Rome 1957

  • No consumer protection or public health aspect
  • Article 3 – elimination of barriers to trade
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Early EU Food Law - market integration, then:

  • BSE crisis in early 1990’s.
  • Belgian dioxin scare in 2000.
  • Spanish pomace oil recall in 2001
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Shortcoming became clear in July 2002:

  • European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed
  • Similar issues faced by Chinese Authorities
  • Increasing middle class consumer market
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EU Regulation 178/2002

  • Right of consumers to safe food
  • Accurate and honest information
  • Regulation based on risk analysis
  • Establishes “the Precautionary Principle”
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Imposes rules to ensure traceability

  • Responsibility for compliance on business
  • Fit for consumption and not injurious to health
  • Estd: Rapid Alert System for Food & Feed (RASFF)
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Large scale food production or

  • Niche “high value-added” luxury food products
  • Ireland best suited to the latter
  • Can also export know-how and experience
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EU food law ever expanding

  • Moving from food safety to nutritional quality
  • Innovation and design of compliant food products
  • Ireland is a world leader
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Risk Management:

The Fastest Cars have the Best Brakes.

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Thank You

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