QeA to EU Commission – Imports of chlorinated chicken under the TTIP agreement

The following answer, given by the EU Commission, probably won’t stop galloping fears in the fiercest opposers of TTIP …but could help…

The point is not under discussion, in EU no similar treatment is or will be authorised in light of the TTIP: and if it will ever be, will be under EFSA scrutiny and not as a substitute of correct food hygiene practices, but as additional tool to enhance the safety of the final product. Poultry meat is one of the most “naturally “contaminated” raw material in the supply chain (high presence of Salmonella, Campylobacter etc…).

“Subject:  Imports of chlorinated chicken under the TTIP agreement

In recent months, there has been increased concern expressed by consumer organisations across the EU that imports of chlorinated chicken from the US to the EU may be allowed under a TTIP agreement and may, in the process, undermine the economic viability of poultry production in the EU.

Can the Commission therefore guarantee that imports of chlorinated chicken from the US to the EU will not be permitted under any TTIP agreement?

Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission – 3rd May 2016

In relation to antimicrobial treatments of meat or carcasses, the EU allows for the approval of such treatments, provided that they are considered safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In particular, they must only be used under strict conditions, fully respecting the stringent hygiene requirements that Union legislation requires to be applied all along the food chain process.

No antimicrobial treatments will be approved in the EU unless there is a clear scientific assessment confirming that they are beneficial for consumers (i.e. reduction of microbial contamination and reduction of safety risks). The Commission will not authorise the use of antimicrobial treatments as a replacement for hygiene practices but only as an additional tool to enhance the safety of the final product.

There is currently no application for the approval of chlorine as a substance to treat poultry carcasses and no discussion on the acceptance of chlorinated chicken in the EU as a result of the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.”

(Source: EU Parliament)

ERA – Annual Conference on EU Law in the Food Sector 2016

What are the recent developments in EU food law? Has the EU-TTIP negotiations an impact on food safety? Which regulatory standards apply?

These questions upon others will be subject of the Annual Conference on EU Law in the Food Sector 2016. From 19th until 20th May 2016 experts and practitioners from the food sector will discuss in Parma/Italy. The conference is organised by ERA, the Academy of European Law, and hosted by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

An exchange of views about “food safety and risk assessment” with experts from the EU Commission, Industry, EU member states and consumer representations will give an overview about the recent developments at national and EU level.

Additionally “food and health” are the main topic of the second part of the annual conference with the focus on food innovation and reformulation, health claims, nutrition and allergies and foods for specific groups.

Join the conference and get up to date information about recent legislative, case law and policy developments in the EU. For more information click here  or download the full programme here.

Among the speakers you will have the chance to hear:

  • Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC;
  • Paris Valeriu Curtui, Head of Unit, Nutrition Unit, European Food Safety Authority, Parma;
  • Dirk Detken, Head of Unit, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Unit, European Food Safety Authority, Parm;
  • Magnus Friberg, Partner, Advokatbyrån Gulliksson AB, Lund;
  • Javier Guillem Carrau, Member of the Legal Service, AGRI Team, European Commission, Brussels;
  • Ingrida Ilgauskiene, Course Director, Public Law Section, Academy of European Law, Trier;
  • Susanne Kettler, Senior Director Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Europe, Middle East and Africa, The Coca-Cola Company, Brussels;
  • Barbara Klaus, Partner, Rödl & Partner, Milan;
  • Raymond O’Rourke, Food and Consumer Lawyer, Dublin;
  • Craig A. Simpson, Senior European Legal Advisor, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Brussels;
  • Jeannie Vergnettes, Legislative Officer – Principal Administrator, DG SANTE, European Commission, Brussels.

I will attend as well, so which better occasion to meet?