Food safety should be a priority for all Member States

The EU food market is extremely diverse, which is good for purchasers, giving them the widest possible choice of products, the big drawback being that they tend to base their choices on price rather than product safety.

This year, Switzerland held a referendum on food safety with a view to raising awareness of the need to make improvements in this area.

Greater food safety in the European Union would also encourage stronger support for farmers in the Member States. They in turn would have to be more careful to ensure that the products marketed by them are in compliance with the rules, concentrating first of all on the entire production process. At the same time, all imports from third countries would have to be inspected more carefully.

In view of this, what instruments does the Commission have at its disposal to enhance food safety in the EU Member States?