Taking care of food quality

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The share of processed food in our daily diet is on the increase. Convenience foods require shorter preparation time, but they contain more additives, such as preservatives, emulsifiers, taste enhancers – the substances the food industry relies on heavily.

Acting for better food quality

Striving for food security is closely related to food quality. Various kinds of action are required in order to ensure the production of better food. Those steps include:

• providing standards which will lead to constant growth of global food security,
• introducing more demanding food quality standards,
• delivering information about the origin and production methods of food to the consumers,
• abiding by safety procedures on each stage of food production.

It is vital for quality standards of food products to be implemented in the manufacturing procedures on a wider scale. Responsibility for observing those rules is borne by either part of the exchange, namely both the producers and the consumers.

Tightening EU control over food quality

The past scandals regarding production processes have undermined consumer confidence in food manufacturers, meat producers in particular. The European Union has therefore come up with an action plan for the improvement of food security and food quality.

The EU authorities are becoming increasingly criticized by the developing countries due to tightening supervision over production and distribution, as well as because of indirect protectionism on EU and national level. The increasing care of food quality necessitates strict supervision of imported food, making the EU market more difficult to enter for the African and Asian producers. Implementing “qualified external protection” measures appears to be the only solution, and it also helps reduce the occurrence of dumping in food trade. Disregard for anti-dumping standards is likely to constitute a basis for imposing duties and taxes on imported agricultural goods to Europe. In order to provide “qualified external protection”, the European Union needs to:

• reduce direct subsidies to agricultural manufacturers,
• gain allies in order to establish multilateral agreements within and outside the operation of World Trade Organization,
• control the food production process in the European Union and guarantee high quality and safety of production.