A significant amount of food hygiene regulation problems recorded in the EU are due to imports. The different health and safety standards that are carried by varying members of the EU can often result in disagreements and discrepancies. It is important that legal compliance in regards to food safety for the welfare of consumers.
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The EU have recognised the importance of strictly following food safety regulations with the intention of tackling any food safety problems at the source. In the EU alone, the value of exports and imports of food items is nearly £700 billion.
The FERA International Food Safety Training Laboratory (FERA IFSTL) operates just outside of York and will initially concentrate on training scientists in exporting foods to Europe. Using state-of-the-
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FERA have long held extensive expertise as industry leaders in applying analytical chemistry to food safety regulations and testing.
FERA Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, commented: "We welcome this opportunity to be able to pass on our expertise in food analytical testing. This is underpinned by over 30 years scientific experience in the area, together with detailed knowledge of current and emerging regulations, and internationally recognised quality standards. All of our food analysis work is carried out in modern laboratories by highly trained scientists, using state-of-the-
Lord de Mauley, parliamentary Under-Secretary of state opened the new laboratory this week. He enthused: "It's very encouraging to see the public and private sectors working together to facilitate trade from outside the EU. This will improve food safety testing for food imported into the EU, ensuring food is safe before it reaches our tables."
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The opening of the FERA IFSTL comes in tandem with an international drive to improve the standards of food safety training brought about by the introduction of standardised and high quality food safety training laboratories. The first IFSTL was established in the US in September 2011 and many more are planned for around the globe in the near future.