FRANCE - A delegation of Korean meat and food inspectors toured plants in France earlier this month as part of a tour of the production facilities in the EU.
The mission hosted by the European Commission, saw the Korean inspectors visit a veterinary research centre in Italy and a milk plant after a presentation of the European regulations on food production in Brussels.
This mission is part of a broader programme of partnership between South Korea and the European Union to promote the control systems in the European food industry and to show their practical application in different Member States.
The ultimate goal is to facilitate access to the Korean market for European food.
The Korean inspectors expressed interest in:
? harmonized implementation of European legislation in all Member States
? control of the safety of food products, including dairy with a focus on raw milk and cheeses
? the application of HACCP in food establishments
? how the shelf life of products is determined, and
? microbiological terms
The French part of the mission’s visit focused on raw milk cheeses and processed meat products, as a part of agri-food production.
The Koreans were able to assess the procedures for controls implemented by the authorities and the role of professional bodies in the dairy and charcuterie sectors.
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