By Loubna Flah
By Loubna Flah
Morocco World News
Casablanca, April 12, 2013
The European Union officials urged Moroccan industrialists to capitalize more on food safety procedures so as to increase the volume of their food products exports and to enhance the trade relations between Morocco and the European Union as reported by the Moroccan daily al Massae.
During a round table under the theme” The implementation of food safety: A necessity for a better cooperation with the European Union” organized by the British chamber of commerce different partners and stakeholders in food industry the opportunity to discuss all issues related to food safety and the prospect of trade relations between Morocco and the European Union.
Food safety is a system of food inspection that considers the conditions under which food is produced, stored and distributed in order to inform consumers and to avoid health hazards.
Jackie Logoseless, advisor in the European committee pinpointed that Morocco showed a strong will to improve food safety control measures especially for sea food in an attempt to abide by the EU standards.
He urged Moroccan industrialists to make sure that their products comply with the European Union food safety standards, adding that the EU remains vigilant about food safety through the use of a system of traceability, especially for perishable and high risk food. He made it clear that the European Union takes up the task to inform its trading partners about any non-compliance with its standards.
It is noteworthy that the European Union remains the World’s largest Importing market for fish as it imports 60% of its needs.The European committee published all the information related to the importing conditions, taxes, customs fees, trade systems and the EU latest statistics in its website.
In response to the European official’s recommendations, Saad al Hussein, head of the plants control department in the National Office for Food Safety asserted that the food safety system put forward by Moroccan industrialists is strict and effective.