FSA Press Release, 31 May 2007
A copy of the FVO report is available on the FSA web site at: http://www.food.gov.uk/multimedia/pdfs/fvoimportsreport.pdf
In November 2006, the Agency was evaluated by the European Union's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) on the implementation and enforcement of non-animal origin imported food and feed controls in the UK . The report is now available.
Overall, the FVO concluded that the Agency, local authorities and port health authorities are delivering a satisfactory system for the control of non-animal origin food and feed imported into the UK . The positive outcome to the Mission reflects the significant efforts of Agency officials, local enforcement officers and local authority representative bodies to implement a robust system of controls on non-animal origin imported foods entering the UK .
What is the FVO?
The role of the FVO includes carrying out inspections in EU countries, and countries exporting to the EU, to check compliance with EU requirements of food quality and safety legislation. FVO recommendations to deal with shortcomings may impact on the import of food from a particular country, or on the import of a particular product.