Sumary of EU audit in Romania shows gaps remain despite progress with food safety:
- It evaluated the system of official controls to prevent microbiological contamination in food of non-animal origin (FNAO) before, during and after harvest..
- Focus on primary producersRomanian legislation excludes primary producers supplying small quantities of FNAO vegetable products from official controls but this is not based on EU rules..
- DG Sante found the control system is weakened as information available on most primary producers is insufficient to take into account higher risks of microbiological contamination of certain produce..
- This is coupled with the fact that inspections on FNAO microbiological risks do not cover the pre-harvest and harvest stages of the majority of producers..
- These gaps affect the system capability to identify non-compliance and to enforce corrective actions in the largest group of producers, according to the audit..
- Romanian officials said a draft act proposes controls of primary production at the pre-harvest, harvesting and post-harvest stages and the exclusion of small vegetable producers will be removed..
- Systems used for primary producers until the end of 2020 were judged by auditors as not suitable for planning official controls on a risk-basis and with the frequency set in EU regulation..
- Listeria lapsesThe audit found the supervision system was not able to identify non-compliances with EU legislation for seeds in sprout-producing sites and Listeria environmental sampling….