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1 Overview of the FOOD AND VETERINARY OFFICE Activities of relevance to the European Meat Industry CLITRAVI AGA 8 May 2008 Sabine Jülicher, FVO

2 Overview of presentation Overview over the FVO History and context Structure Functions Inspection Programme Outcome of Inspections Member States Third Countries

3 History and context 1979 : Commission inspections organised in DG AGRI (veterinary and phytosanitary matters) and DG ENTR (general food hygiene) 1996 : BSE crisis 1997 : Commission response: a new Food Safety Policy April 1997: FVO established (September 1997 in Ireland) April 2002 : Grange, Co Meath, Ireland

4 History and context

5 Our Structure Director General Robert Madelin Deputy Director General with special responsibility for Directorates D, E, F and Scientific Matters P. Testori Coggi B Consumer Affairs C Public Health & Risk Assessment D Animal Health & Welfare E Safety of the Food Chain F Food & Veterinary Office Principal Adivser with special responsibilit y for C3, C6 and C7 01 Audit and evaluation 02 Strategy and analysis 03 Science & Stakeholder relations 04 Veterinary control programmes Principal Adviser A General Affairs Co-ordination & institutional relations Legal affairs Financial resources and controls Information: systems and publications Human resources Administrative Affairs Grange Policy analysis & development;relations with consumer organisations;& international relations Unfair commercial practices and other consumer protection legislation Product and service safety Protection of legal, economic and other consumer interests Enforcement and consumer redress Programme management Health Information Health threats Health determinants Health strategy Health measures Risk assessment Animal Health and Standing Committees Animal Welfare and Feed International questions (multilateral) International questions (bilateral) Country profiles, coordination of follow-up Food of animal origin: mammals Food of animal origin: birds and fish Food of plant origin,plant health; processing & distribution Animal nutrition import controls, residues Quality, planning and development Biotechnology and Plant health Hygiene & Control measures Chemicals, contaminants, pesticides Food Law, nutrition and labelling A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 D1 D2 D3 D4 E1 E2 E3 E4 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 01/12/2007

6 Structure FVO 7 FVO Units 5 inspection Units (F2-F6) -Food of animal origin: Mammals -Food of animal origin: Birds/Fish -Food of non-animal origin & plant health -Horizontal: Feed (TSEs), Residues, Import Controls -Animal health and Animal Welfare 2 non-inspection Units (F1&F7) - Follow-up, Country Profiles - Quality, Planning, Development

7 FVO - general information Staff 175 about 90 inspectors Inspectors qualifications Veterinarians Agronomists Other qualifications

8 Key functions of the FVO Assess performance of national competent authorities in ensuring and enforcing compliance with EU requirements Carry out ON-THE-SPOT inspections Report on findings to Commission Services, Member States, European Parliament, Council, and other stakeholders via internet publication Make recommendations to Competent Authorities Follow-up with Competent Authorities

9 Key Functions - Inspections Different types of FVO Audit/inspections Sectoral Audits / inspections: Assessment of performance of national competent authorities in ensuring and enforcing compliance with EU requirements, including on-the-spot verifications, in a particular area Assessment & monitoring missions: Missions in candidate countries to assess initial state of play and subsequent progress with the implementation of the EU acquis up to accession Fact-finding missions: missions carried out for the purposes of policy formulation or review, eg. Guidelines of national audit systems

10 Key Functions - Inspections (cont.) General review missions: missions to review Competent Authority progress with follow-up of FVO recommendations at a « horizontal » Member State level On-the-spot inspections: to verify compliance in individual premises/sites, eg. approval of Border Inspection Posts

11 Key Functions (cont.) Reporting on the Results Publication of final reports Follow up on corrective action

12 Key Functions other than inspection Development of Country Profiles Desk-verifications (e. g. Third Country residue plans, Member States pesticide reports) Development of guidelines for Member States (e.g. on official controls)

13 Inspection Programme Programmes published:

14 Inspection Programme 2007 * *

15 15 SANCO Inspection Programme 2007

16 2007 Member States - Meat Bulgaria (2) Finland Germany Greece Hungary Malta Italy Poland Portugal Romania (2) Spain Sweden United Kingdom TOTAL 15

17 2008 Member States - Meat Bulgaria Belgium Cyprus Czech Republic France Germany Greece Hungary Latvia Lithuania Italy Poland Romania Spain TOTAL 14

18 2007 Third Country Inspections

19 2007/2008 Third Countries - Meat Argentina21 Australia11 Botswana11 Brazil22 Canada1 Chile1 China1

20 2007/2008 Third Countries - Meat Iceland1 Israel1 Namibia1 New Zealand11 Paraguay11 Russian Federation1 Serbia1

21 2007/2008 Third Countries - Meat South Africa1 Swaziland11 Switzerland1 United States1 Uruguay11 Total15

22 Outcome of inspections Member States Third Countries

23 Outcome of inspections - MS Food Business Operators Compliance HACCP procedures Regulation (EC) No 2073/2004 (microbiological criteria) Traceability Establishments with derogation till end of 2009 (National Market)

24 Outcome of inspections - MS Official control systems Overall improvements Poor control systems – threat for the entire industry Exports e.g. to the Russian Federation Food scandals (e.g. Gammelfleisch) Still weak MS (5) with slow progress Romania and Bulgaria not yet included Four old and one new MS

25 Outcome of inspections - TC Relation with most TC established for a long time (e.g. NZ, some South American Countries) Few surprises Usually good response to FVO recommendations Not many requests for new TC listings meat

26 Outcome of inspections - TC Challenges Residue controls not in line with EU requirements Disease outbreaks (e.g. Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease) Control systems deteriorate Poor response to recommendations

27 Outcome of inspections Brazil beef Regular FVO inspections Certain deficiencies (e.g. residue controls) addressed by Brazilian authorities Other deficiencies (holding registration, animal identification, movement control) commitments not respected FVO mission November 2007 Commission Decision 2008/61/EC FVO mission February/March 2008 Currently 95 eligible holdings listed

28 Questions? Thank you for your attention!


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