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THE ROLE OF LABORATORY ANALYSIS IN FOOD CONTROL

A FLEP Working Group was established to look at the role of laboratory analysis in food control. Two questionnaires were circulated to competent authorities in member states and the results of the second part of the study was presented at the FLEP Forum meeting in Malta in November 2010. Information collated related to the qualification of experts; accreditation; charging and economics; risk and sampling rates and EU harmonisation.

There was further discussion on the role of sampling and analysis particularly in the context of food fraud at the meeting of the FLEP Forum in Rome, Italy in January 2014.

FOOD FRAUD

A Workshop on Food Fraud was held by FLEP in Birmingham, United Kingdom in January 2008.

Conference on Food Fraud in Europe
European Food Fraud Conference

A FLEP Working Group was established to progress a number of specific issues identified with a view to developing appropriate mechanisms for improvements to be implemented and experiences shared in greater detail. Four key themes to assist in tacking food fraud were identified. A questionnaire was circulated to member states and the results collated. An update was provided at the FLEP Forum meeting in Malta in November 2010.
The theme of the last FLEP Forum meeting held in Rome, Italy in January 2014 was food fraud. It was agreed to set up a new working group on Food Fraud – network analysis. It is to be chaired by the United Kingdom. Working group members include representatives from Hungary, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and the European Commission. The group will work closely with DG SANCO Food fraud network and with Interpol and Europol.

FOOD SUPPLEMENTS

The Netherlands and Ireland gave a joint presentation on current issues relating to food supplements at the FLEP Forum held in Rome, Italy in January 2014. This is a rapidly expanding market. The current legislation provides lists of substances but maximum levels have yet to be set. EFSA has provided opinions on some vitamins and minerals. Problems arise with some products which are border line between food and medicine. Formulae are constantly changing. There have been a number of recent incidents where illness and fatalities have been attributed to food supplements on sale in the EU. Many of the products are being sold through distance selling. Some are not manufactured in the EU and they are not compliant with EU legislation. In light of this a new working group has been set up to progress this. It is to be chaired by Ireland. Working group members include representatives from Austria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

E-COMMERCE

Day 2 of the Risk-based Controls Seminar (Berlin, Germany 2010) was devoted to presentations and discussion on e-commerce. The report on proceedings is published in our ‘Workshops’ section. Following on from this seminar, e-commerce was discussed at the FLEP Forum meeting held in Malta in November 2010.

FLEP has a working group on e-commerce chaired jointly by the Netherlands and Germany. Its work has fed into the revision of official controls which is currently taking place.

THIRD PARTY ACCREDITATION / CERTIFICATION

In Berlin, at the FLEP conference on risk based controls (2010), third party certification was not considered as part of surveillance and policy. Subsequently a project was started in the Netherlands to consider the potential contribution of third part certification to official food control.

The Netherlands presented ongoing work on possible use of third party assurance schemes as part of official controls by competent authorities in the Netherlands at the meeting of the FLEP Forum held in Rome, Italy in January 2014. Increased consideration is being given in the Netherlands to public/private partnerships. The possible use of information from private audit/assurance schemes to identify levels of ‘own checks’ is being examined. It was agreed to set up a working group to consider this and report back to the next FLEP Forum to be held in Berlin, Germany in April/May 2015. The Netherlands will chair this group. To date the UK and Belgium have expressed an interest in participating.

 

 

 

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