Europe assumes authority over food safety. (The Beat).
On 12 January 2002, the European Commission (EC) unanimously approved the formation of the European Food Safety Authority, which will be charged with implementing regulations for both human food and animal feeds. The authority's main duty will be to provide independent scientific information in developing any EC regulations and policies that pertain to food and feed safety. It will also issue public safety warnings when risks in the food chain are identified. Also approved was a set of guiding principles for European Union food legislation, including rules requiring traceability of all human and animal food items. Plans are under way to appoint a 14-member management board by next fall.