FSA News Item, 6 October 2006
A European Commission proposal to take safeguard measures against a UK dairy due to serious breaches of European Union food safety rules has been agreed by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCaH) today.
At the meeting the UK abstained from the vote and provided the Commission with the following statement:
Food Standards Agency statement provided at SCoFCAH meeting 6 October 2006
'We fully share the Commission’s desire to protect public health, and the UK Food Standards Agency has throughout signalled its wish to work with the Commission to reach an appropriate solution. This is still the case.
'We would emphasise, most strongly, that we take these matters very seriously, and that we have taken a number of corrective measures at this company since the FVO first reported on procedures in June.
'It is important for the Food Standards Agency to act on a sound evidence base and, in protecting the consumer, to be proportionate in what we do. In this case, there are genuine differences of views on the science behind the testing for antibiotics in milk and these have not yet been resolved.
'There was also a very recent visit (26 and 27 September) made by Food and Veterinary Office inspectors to the plant in question. We have yet to see their full report and to evaluate the findings.
'For these reasons we were unable to support the Commission’s proposed measure at this stage.'