Increasing demands upon businesses

Increasing demands upon businesses

The IBC committee reported on its lobbying activities in Brussels (left to right): Martin Fuchs, Jacques Kraft, Jean-Marie Oswald, Dr. Reinhard Kainz and Kirsten Diessner. Photo: si

The new challenges facing Europe's butchers, including those related to the EU Food Information Regulation, were on the agenda to be discussed at the International Butchers Confederation's (IBC) spring conference in Luxemburg.

First, a review of the European Meat Forum devoted to animal welfare held in Brussels in autumn 2011 was presented. There, the European butchery sector successfully put forward its carefully chosen arguments. According to a statement issued by the Commission, mandatory animal welfare labelling is no longer planned.

Kirsten Diessner, head of the Brussels IBC office, presented the latest developments regarding the new Food Information Regulation. This was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 22 November 2011. Significant parts of it will come into force on 13 December 2014 and the provision of nutritional information will become mandatory as of 2016. Under the Regulation, "hand-produced foods" are excluded from the obligation to provide nutritional information. A firm definition of this group of goods remains to be offered, however.

The second aspect of the new Food Information Regulation which requires major attention is origin labelling, said Kirsten Diessner. An assessment of the consequences and implementation provisions will not be presented until December 2013.

The EU Commission is currently reviewing the EU rules on hygiene. Here the IBC is demanding retention of the adapted HACCP rules for the butchery sector. As Diessner pointed out, a weekly rhythm was originally planned for minced meat samples. Under the current draft of the assessment of the consequences, the flexibility regarding the practical interpretation is to be retained.

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IMV-Lobbyarbeit in Brüssel zahlt sich für Fleischer aus
Source: afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung 23/2012


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