New audit report into chemical hazards in food

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The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has published a new audit report highlighting the shortcomings in the EU food safety model in relation to chemical hazards in food. The report states that the rules to keep food safe from chemical hazards are soundly based and respected world-wide but it concludes that the food safety model is over-stretched and faces certain challenges.

The report highlights that many measures to regulate chemicals in food remain outstanding, for example the recommended safe levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements, and that food safety rules are not properly enforced. It recommends that legislation is reviewed with a mind to closing the regulatory gaps.

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has issued a press release urging the European Commission to listen to the ECA and improve consumer protection from harmful chemicals in food.

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