At the conference key note speakers covered a range of topics. These are some examples of their thinking:
- The British traffic light system was good and should be extended.
- There should be complete traceability for meat with place of birth, breeding, fattening, slaughter and processing to be declared
- There is a need to declare nutritional values on ready to eat foods, so every meal served should show how many kilocalories it contains as well as amounts of other nutrients, such as sodium and potassium.
Members can access the full report on the conference.
At a pre-conference meeting other issues were discussed.
Official Controls Regulation - On 3 July the working group of the new Presidency (Luxembourg) met to discuss further measures to do with the Official Controls Regulation (including charging for routine food safety inspections).
Preparation of a UEAPME position Food information to consumers: on nutrient
derogation - according to (EC) 1169/2011 full nutrient labelling will come into force in December 2016. The need to clarify who is exempt. Food Solutions is working with other Member States on this.
COOL - there is still some doubt about the requirements for origin labelling of all meats. The demand for details of place of birth, country of rearing, places of slaughter and processing could be impractical for small businesses. This issue was also raised at the conference by officials.
TTIP negotiations - one third of European SMEs are involved in trade with a different European country and of these half are working internationally. TTIP could change some of the existing food law.
GMO and transgenic food (modified food) - organisms to which foreign inheritable genes have been introduced by genetic methods are called transgenic organisms.
B2B trading practices and the food supply chain - UEAPME recalls that there is currently no common position paper on the issue.
Food Loss and Food Waste - there is a Consultation on Circular Economy UEAPME will be presenting a position paper.