Food Law News - EU - 1999
20 December 1999: FOOD AGENCY - Presidency Conclusions Helsinki European Council (10 and 11 December 1999)
Council Information (PRES/99/3000), 20 December 1999
Presidency Conclusions Helsinki European Council (10 and 11 December 1999)
Public health and food safety
The European Council recalls the need to ensure a high level of human health protection in the definition of all Community policies. Particular attention must be given to ensuring healthy and high quality food for all citizens by improving quality standards and enhancing control systems covering the whole of the food chain, from the farm to consumers. The European Council asks the Council to examine as a matter of urgency the forthcoming Commission White Paper on food safety, which will also provide for the possible establishment of an independent food agency and support for national food safety measures, as well as its communication on the precautionary principle. The incoming Presidency will present to the Feira European Council a report on the progress already accomplished.
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