European Parliament

Spain is the first exporter from cucumber to the German country, with 450 million annual kilos. For that reason representing of Asaja, SPA, UPA, Cooperatives Agroalimentarias and Fepex they would consider that the German authorities must rectify to restore the confidence of the outer markets and to compensate to the Spanish producers by the caused damages. Which is the protocol to follow before an nourishing alert? The legislation adopted by the EU on nourishing security it imposes to the operators economic the general obligation to commercialize solely foods that are safe. According to article 50 of Regulation (EC) 178/2002 of the European Parliament and the Council of 28 of January of 2002, the nourishing alert arises " in those circumstances in which a risk for the life or the health exists ". The basic principle of action in case scientific uncertainty exists is the prevention. For it, this document sees essential " the interconnection of quality laboratories, on regional scale and/or interregional" , to be able to realise a continuous pursuit of the nourishing security at the time of coming up with possible risks for the health of the citizens. The system of nourishing trazabilidad is fundamental to concer the origin of the food that is commercialized. For that reason another one of the mechanisms that improve the nourishing security is through an exhaustive system of trazabilidad in the nourishing companies so that, in the case of an alert like the one of cucumbers, it is possible to be come to retire this product in specific and precise amounts, or to inform to the consumers or the civil servants in charge of the control. Finally, like recommendations facing the prevention, the Spanish Agency of Nourishing Security advises that the consumption of this vegetable continues being the habitual one, with the normal precautions of bare washing or of vegetables during its preparation. Source of the news: ' Crisis of pepino': the alarm unties in Germany while it damages to the Spanish agrarian sector