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Brussels, 15 February 2013
Horse meat: Member States endorse the Commission's control plan to detect fraud in the marketing of foods
Today, at an extraordinary Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) organized by the European Commission, the Member States endorsed the coordinated plan announced by Health & Consumer Policy Commissioner Tonio Borg on Wednesday 13th February.
Commissioner Borg said : "I welcome the swift approval by the Member States of the plan I tabled two days ago and I call on them to keep up the pressure in their efforts to identify a clear picture and a sequence of events. Consumers expect the EU, national authorities and all those involved in the food chain to give them all the reinsurance needed as regards what they have in their plates".
This plan, co-financed by the European Commission, is to start immediately for one month (and may be extended for another two months) and includes two actions:
The plan provides for regular reporting of the results of the controls to the Commission, such as information on sampling, type of analysis and follow-up controls. For positive findings related to horse meat, the country where the animals concerned were certified for slaughter will also be reported. All these information will be included in the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) so that they can be immediately used by Member States' authorities.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/rapidalert/index_en.htm