Better Training For Safer Food

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European Commission's Better Training for Safer Food initiative got off to a strong start in 2006, with 1400 participants from around 100 countries attending workshops on a wide variety of topics linked to EU food and feed controls.

The aim of the training workshops is to ensure that official control authorities fully understand and properly enforce EU food and feed law, animal health and welfare rules and plant health legislation. The first annual report on Better Training for Safer Food, which was published today, gives a detailed outline of the training activities carried out in 2006 are. It also provides some information on the feedback that the Commission received from attendees. Finally, the report describes the planned programme for 2007 and looks at how future training programmes should be carried out in order to achieve the best results.

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Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for Health, said: "The Better Training for Safer Food programme is another example of concrete action taken by the Commission to ensure that European consumers are delivered the safest food possible. The annual report reveals a busy and productive first year for this programme, and I am confident that it will continue to grow and develop over the coming years to produce impressive results in terms of food safety."

Better Training for Safer Food

Better Training for Safer Food is an ambitious programme to provide training to EU and third country officials responsible for checking that EU food and feed safety, animal health and welfare, and plant health rules are applied. In providing this training, the Commission aims to ensure that the control authorities have a full and uniform understanding of EU rules in these areas, so that food and feed put on the EU market meets the high safety standards expected. The programme also aims to encourage the exchange of information and development of new professional relationships between participants. A budget of

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