Consumers' concerns are justified in the view of the Ombudsman of the relationship in the food supply chain.
Guardian of relationships in the food supply chain Igor Hrovatič at the outbreak of an affair with field meat, advocated the traceability of raw materials in meat products, as is the case with meat. "I advocate full traceability,"he said, adding that the consumer should know where the raw material is being grown, but also, in what way.
"Currently, EU law allows products to be declared as Slovenian, regardless of the fact that the basic raw material comes from abroad. Traceability should be known to the consumer to the plant where the basic raw material is grown, that is, already on the declaration itself, through the system and defined and the consumer should also receive information on how it was produced, " he described.
According to him, consumers are justifiably concerned. "And not only consumers, but also Slovenian producers who produce quality meat, have such negative effects on them, too" he warned. Now the Slovenian producer will have to work even harder for the consumer, he said and announced that "Consumption of meat has decreased, and consequently the price of the producer will also be reduced".
According to him, the system for the control of food products in Slovenia is working well, and this can not be fully claimed for food products coming to Slovenia from other EU countries. "Food is a strategic asset and therefore, transparency in the implementation of controls should be greater. With this I think that the Slovenian consumer should receive information on all the checks, not just when the affair breaks out," he stressed.
We should also change the public procurement system and include significantly more locally produced foods. "There are still too many orders in the system in the hands of individual economists," he pointed out and suggested that the proportion of locally processed foods would increase from 20 to at least 60 percent. We should also avoid speculative, that is, considerably too low tenders.
The Ombudsman also explained that the latest developments in connection with the meat disputed with Poland are related to the bodies responsible for surveillance, and his role is linked to the chain from production to processing, trade and consumer in Slovenia. Hrovatič took over the role of the Ombudsman at the end of last year, during which time he received questions related to the control of the food safety system and the relationship in the chain.
There are still eight results
At the beginning of the month, the Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) said that there was a suspected slaughter of beef from the Polish slaughterhouse, where they illegally slaughtered sick and injured cattle, temporarily retained the preparation for kebabs from Germany and 15 tons of bovine cropping. Analyzes have shown that the kebab preparation contains salmonella and ketoprofen, which has led to destruction. Other examined samples were regulatory funds.
The Food Safety Board is also expecting the results of the other eight samples that could be known today, and certainly on Monday.
The disclosure triggered a series of critical responses across Europe, and a series of measures were implemented in Poland. Inspectors from the European Commission, who finished the work on Friday, also left for Poland, and their report is expected to be ready within a month.