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EC proposes a new Europe-wide animal health law

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THE European Commission (EC) has put forward its proposal for a new European Animal Health Law, which, it intends, will eventually regulate animal health throughout the European Union.

The proposal was published on May 6 as part of a package of measures ‘to modernise, simplify and strengthen the agri-food chain in Europe’. In a press release, the EC explained that, currently, almost 70 pieces of EU legislation cover the food chain. Under its proposed package of measures, which currently cover official controls, animal health, plant health and plant reproductive material, this will be reduced to five (a fifth proposal dealing with EU expenditure on feed and food for 2014 to 2020 will be put forward later). It said that bureaucracy surrounding processes and procedures for farmers, breeders and food business operators would also be reduced, to make it easier for them to carry out their work.

‘Businesses will benefit from simpler, science- and risk-based rules in terms of reduced administrative burden, more efficient processes and measures to finance and strengthen the control and eradication of animal diseases and plant pests,’ the EC said. ‘Consumers will benefit from safer …

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